Mini-Review Roundup: Grimus, Straight Hate, Accident Prone, Horricane

May 31, 2016


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Every now and then I get hit hard with more music than I can handle at once.  When that happens, I have two choices: sacrifice a few releases to make 1 or 2 full reviews, or cut corners and put out a list of shorter ones.  For the sake of the bands, I prefer the latter.  These were just a fraction of what I am working on right now, but I wanted to make sure that they all made their way into your ears one way or another.

1 Love. Hate. See Details for Love. Hate.

Accident Prone hail from Norfolk, Virginia.  They are another hardcore, technical band I found on the always wonderful and informative Mathcore Index group on Facebook.  This album, Love. Hate. is a focused 11 minutes of pure sand-blasting.  Violent screams and discordant guitars meet rumbling bass and frenetic drumwork.  I could scarcely catch my breath.  Do you like apples?  Accident Prone used one to smash my teeth in, how do you like them apples?

FFO: Converge, Great American Ghost, Psyopus

2 Every Scum Is A Straight Arrow See Details for Every Scum Is A Straight Arrow

Heading overseas for this one, Straight Hate is a grindcore band from Chelm, Poland.  They combine the brevity and chaos of grindcore with a few other styles that makes their sound stick out just enough to catch the ear.  The choice of distortion has that Kurt Ballou touch while the vocals oscilate between a brutal grunt and one of the highest shrieks I have ever heard.  The drumming here is also absolutely maniacal.  I don't always listen to grind, but when I do, it's because Every Scum is a Straight Arrow.

FFO: Black Breath, Pig Destroyer, Cattle Decapitation

3 Anthems of Gehenna See Details for Anthems of Gehenna

Switching gears once more, Grimus is a brutal death/deathcore band from Elizabeth, New Jersey.  They have a sound that has the appeal of the latter genre, but takes things to the more extreme territories of the former.  Also, rather than focusing on deathcore groove, the instrumentation has a blackened approach that focuses on sharp tremolos in addition to the usual chug.  Nothing ground-breaking, but still very fun and well-produced.

FFO: Within Destruction, Whitechapel, Suicide Silence

4 Synthetic Forms See Details for Synthetic Forms

Our last stop is Estonia for progressive death metal band Horricane.  I can't quite put my finger on what it is about this band's sound that got me on the hook, but I have been unsuccessfully trying to wriggle free ever since.  Commanding death growls lay waste in a shifting sea of styles.  Sometimes it's Cannibal Corpse with a djenty groove, sometimes there's an electronic/industrial vibe, and others the song opens up into a dash of theatrical clean singing and a bit of symphonic flair.  Regardless, these 3 songs are hinting at some major talent and a band to watch in the future.

FFO: Meshuggah, Doomed, Barus