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Magrudergrind / Shitstorm split (w/ Shitstorm)

01. (untitled) 02. Magrudergrind - Siphon Then Slit 03. Magrudergrind - I Saw Jahova Sippin a 40 at the Corner of Georgia Ave. 04. Magrudergrind - Smash Micros Like It's 1999 05. Magrudergrind - Organized Cell Death 06. Magrudergrind - Complete Deprivation 07. Magrudergrind - Emo Holocaust 08. Magrudergrind - Dahmered Again 09. Magrudergrind - Scholastic Burnout 10. Magrudergrind - Escalvo De Salario 11. Shitstorm - Desensitized 12. Shitstorm - Getting Heated 13. Shitstorm - Closed Minds 14. Shitstorm - Destroy Them All 15. Shitstorm - World of Shit 16. Shitstorm - Rent A Cop 17. Shitstorm - Hurley Punks 18. Shitstorm - Crack Lady 19. Shitstorm - No Freedom 20. Shitstorm - Ignorant Extermination 21. Shitstorm - Hide Behind The Screen 22. Shitstorm - Ego Trip 23. Shitstorm - Anxiety 24. Shitstorm - Religious War
2006 Robotic Empire
Our score 8


I was overjoyed to find the Magrudergrind/Shitstorm split in my latest package from Lambgoat, because I was going to buy it and this saved me some money. I'll admit that I've never heard Magrudergrind before, but I got a preview to these Shitstorm tracks this past winter. While I'm partial to the half of this disc belonging to Shitstorm, I'll say that both of these bands are evenly matched, and make a great pair for a split album. For those not familiar with Magrudergrind, who occupy the first half of this split, I'll let you know that these gentlemen play a chaotic style of grindcore that conjures up similarities to early Pig Destroyer material (think "Explosions in Ward 6"). These songs are blazing fast, with relatively simple, straightforward riffs. But these guys also lay down some serious grooves, which are quite enjoyable. The changes come quick, frequent, and in places I wasn't expecting. This makes for chaotic songs, even if the riffs aren't overly technical. I enjoy these songs immensely because there are plenty of dynamics, instead of straight blasts the entire time. During a few songs I can hear an old-school thrash influence, which makes for some catchy tunes. The mixing of grind and thrash influences creates a great powerviolence feel, and I keep wanting more after the 10 songs are over. The majority of the vocals are higher screams, and this man sounds like he's possessed. There are some lower yells, as well as some group shouts to add dynamics to the vocal performance, which makes these songs more memorable. Shitstorm kicks straight ahead with even faster songs that pack a hell of a punch. There is Napalm Death written all over this half of the split. These guys whip out songs that are a bit less chaotic than Magrudergrind, but there is a more urgent ferocity to this half. A serious punk influence brings in the Napalm Death sounds, yet there are also modern influences that remind me of Nasum (Napalm Death worshipers in their own right). Shitstorm will occasionally slow it way down to a trudging groove during the longer songs, and I dare say this brings Assuck to my mind. Like their split-mates, these guys know when to throw in some dynamics to make for memorable grind songs. The vocals are deeper and quite raspy, which I personally prefer more. The drumming, courtesy of Rick Smith (of Torche) is precise and tight. Sometimes, a sloppier style of drumming can make grindcore songs have a bit more character, but this ultra-tight, powerful drumming suits Shitstorm perfectly. Jonathan Nunez, also of Torche, holds down the guitar duties. The overall productions definitely suit the band, and I wouldn't change a thing. Neither band sports a bassist, and I can't say that it matters much in the context of this split. The productions are a bit muddy and thick, but I don't want my grindcore sounding slick. I just feel like that defeats the purpose. Why try and make a dirty style of music sound clean Bottom Line: Neither Magrudergrind nor Shitstorm are going to be hailed as overwhelmingly original bands, but both have plenty of talent and dynamics to write catchy grindcore songs. I don't see how any fan of Napalm Death, Pig Destroyer, Nasum, Assuck, or just grindcore in general, couldn't love this split. While neither band is up there with the giants of grind, I bet these bands will both carve out there own pieces of this genre.


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MrWong_ 4/19/2006 12:18:46 PM

First post.

steve_ 4/19/2006 12:19:16 PM

good stuff

deathgore55_ 4/19/2006 12:29:22 PM

i just bought this yesterday at a torche show and have yet to hear it....but now im gonna play it im my car right now i love shitstorm though

cuttolength_ 4/19/2006 12:29:53 PM

good reveiw

cuttolength_ 4/19/2006 12:31:10 PM

review too

burzum_ 4/19/2006 2:44:00 PM

i like the crusty sound that usually accompanies grind, but have to say, i don't mind hearing slickly produced grind. it's actually kinda of unexpected and a change of pace.

fjaoi_ 4/19/2006 2:49:52 PM

its a sweet cd i like both bands

elliot_ 4/19/2006 4:40:35 PM

the singer for shitstorm is rick torche's little brother. they're tight as hell and i want to see them sometime soon.

picturesofme_ 4/19/2006 4:41:30 PM

great review, great split, and good dudes in shitstorm. the best grind release this year so far.

wearyourwounds_ 4/20/2006 3:12:03 AM

high five on this review, well written

XOmeletX_ 4/20/2006 11:53:52 AM

Good review.

FudgeYourYankeeBlueJeans_ 4/20/2006 8:27:03 PM

i was actually let down by this. Magrudergrind pretty much ditched the growls and are full-on screamy now. and its definately not the best gring this year. Haemorrhage, Phobia, and Cretin are ahead of this

yeest_infektshun_ 4/20/2006 8:52:31 PM

24 songs and not 1 mp3?!

Kevin_ 4/21/2006 4:11:31 AM

I'm starting to think that Magrudergrind's vocalist may have finally shredded his vocal chords. I think Owned! was the last record where I was able to easily recognize different ranges of scream. He seems to be going balls-out high pitched completely now. Not only that, but he doesn't seem to be able to get the same power behind those screams. It sounds almost as if his voice is cracking as opposed to him letting out a really high pitched raspy scream.

Kevin_ 4/21/2006 4:13:04 AM

One more thing, despite my last semi-complaint, Magrudergrind still writes the most well constructed grindcore songs in the genre at this point.

Andy Low / Robotic Empire_ 4/22/2006 10:31:03 AM

Hey there are 2 MP3s (from this split) online from each band.... or glad that (most of) you guys like the split!

CKK_ 4/24/2006 6:17:36 PM

More shitty music from the shitiest style of "music". Grind needs to stop or put out something remotely interesting and innovative for once already. My 9 year old niece could write a grind album and be held as a grind genious. Pffftt

solideogloria_ 4/25/2006 3:14:48 PM

my niggas. glad to see people are enjoying shitstorm as much as miami does.

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