Saturday, April 6, 2013

Afgrund - "Corporatocracy" Review

Oh jeez, way to sneak up on me, you sneaky Swedes (and Finns and Austrians). It looks like HM-2 pedal abusers, Afgrund, are back again with a brand new EP, several months after the release of their excellent full length, "The Age Of Dumb". An album that I think was dreadfully overlooked in 2012 (I'm kicking myself for not putting it on my Best of 2012 list). "Corporatocracy" features about 15 minutes of new material, capped off with 3 covers featured on previously released compilations. Continuing their unsubtle-as-fuck aesthetic against the modern corporate world, Afgrund again waste no time getting right to the meat of their assault (the thing opens with a sample of Henry Rollins spewing punk rock hatred against McDonalds). If you were at all a fan of "Age Of Dumb", you're pretty much guaranteed to get a good amount of enjoyment out of this EP. Hell, I'd bet that these were recorded in the same session as that album. Furious grindcore done in that good ol' Swede/Nasum way; excellent musicianship, and tons of excellent crunchy riffs with some great floor stomping grooves thrown in. I am glad that they made the guitar tone a little more trebly this time around though, the attack is a lot mess muddy than on "Age Of Dumb", which was one of my only complaints about that album. There's not much more to say, other than they do a totally righteous cover of Nasum's "Shadows" at the end. Rock solid EP, get into it.

Rating: 8.5/10



  1. i was surprised to find out there are no swedes left in afgrund any more. it's all finns, austrians and italians these days. there should be some kinda grindcore FDA that ensures the packaging is honest. "this product contains 100% swedes..."

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    2. ekki get your sarcasm unit calibrated. and hopefully this is better than age of dumb because that was pretty weak.

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  2. Dude, it was sarcasm, there's nothing to get upset about, I think. Didn't really pay attention to TAOD, but this sounds awesome.