Slund / Maggot Bath

What is common in Australia and Slovenia? You should listen this release to understand it. Here is a split CD with two cute bands from opposite sides of our planet. When I first saw this stuff on the internet I was confused because of the cover art – the whole design is an ode to deadly form of smallpox. All of the images are really creepy, and it’s hard to believe how painful and discomforting this illness is. So I expected to hear some gore tunes, but I was mistaken. Both squads are playing grindcore, but not a classic one; Slund and Maggot Bath love to make some experiments with their music.

Slovenian band Slund is the first who’ll begin their grind experiment on our minds. The guy behind this band really love to mix primitive grind structure with other genres. So you should listen this noise much closer to dig it. Fast grindcore mutates into weird sludgecore and then to grindcore again. Also there is some elements from metal and hardcore (especially tiny beat down pieces). A stange observation; vocals are not the main thing, as loud guitar sound and drum-machine are the main gods in this mess. Slund shows us an unusual side of the grind, and you should chose to like it or to throw it to the trash – but personally I like these tunes.

Maggot Bath is creepy (in good way) toxic grind from Melbourne… It’s hard to describe their music and I have a feeling that they just take stoner, doom, grindcore, hardcore, metal, and Satan’s balls and whipped in a blender, haha! I know that sounds crazy, but all together these elements sound great. There are slow and fast moments, and this music is full of weird dark atmosphere and sound slime. All songs have a nice sound, it not super juicy but pleasant, same with guitar tone and drums. This is strange and unusual grind, but it worth of your time guys.

Rating: 7.5/10            Slund fb             Maggot Bath fb

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