Magrudergrind/Shitstorm
Magrudergrind/Shitstorm


4.5
superb

Review

by LifeInABox USER (23 Reviews)
October 10th, 2007 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Clash of the Grinds

There is a point in every young man’s life where he realizes his testicles have dropped into their correct positions. This usually occurs at around age twelve, but it can also happen earlier, if the young man has been exposed to Magrudergrind, the fastest, loudest, most chaotic grind band to ever come into contact with the human race. The second half of this split belongs to a band by the name of Shitstorm. While sticking to more of an “old school” grind sound so to speak, they still deliver a punch that only a real, gritty band could accomplish.

“In the red corner, wearing the blue trunks, the defending champs, Magrudergrind!”

The first half of this split is taken up by Magrudergrind, a power violence band from Washington, D.C. I cannot express to you how heavy this music is. The sheer ferocity that they bring to the table on this split is unmatched by any band I have come across yet. The vocals, the speed, the riffs, just everything about it, is raw. If frostbite could have a theme music, this would be it. Siphon Then Silt, Organized Cell Death, and Smash Micros Like It’s 1999 contain all the aforementioned components of greatness that make this band what it is. One thing that this album does not do, which I must say I quite enjoy, is give you time to catch your breath. This constant barrage of pissed off, angry music comes at full speed for 100% of the listening experience, making for a completely unabridged listen. Even the slower songs ( Dahmerized Again, I Saw Jahova Sippin' A 40 At The Corner Of Georgia Ave) keep the album running like an ever flowing stream without fault.

While Magrudergrind may not contain the most talented or technically proficient artists in the world, what they play, they play well. Guitarist RJ holds down his part with simple chords and nothing fancy, but then again, since when is grind supposed to be fancy? Vocalist Avi makes up 50% of the utter brutality that the band is through his maniac yells and occasional unique grunting, and drummer Chris fully rapes his kit with d-beat patterns and full on blasts that are totally welcome, as they provide a fantastic rhythm for the rest of the band to hang on.

So overall, Magrudergrind put forth an incredibly strong offering of 12 minutes and 24 seconds. While I can give examples of good songs, the entire half is necessary for an accurate taste of their music. Most certainly a perfect example of what the style should be.

”And in the black corner, wearing the puke green shorts, the challenger, Shitstorm!”

The second half of the album is devoted to Shitstorm, a flat out, dirty, stinky grind band from Miami, FL. Shitstorm’s music is more closely related to Scum-era Napalm Death than its power violence contenders, Magrudergrind. Although still not a force to be reckoned with, the Shitstorm half of this split is clearly the weaker half. It is by no means something that should be passed up, however. The retro sounding grindcore sound can only be coupled with the real deal; something coming out of the 80’s. Thick, muddy production and distorted drum and guitar sound keep the music close to its roots of Repulsion and previously mentioned Napalm Death. No Freedom and Desensitized bring the noise and grind like the originals while Hide Behind The Screen and Religious War mix up the sound a bit with faster tempos and more aggressive yelps and riffs to add a twist to the homage-paying sound of the previous tracks.

One issue that I have with this half of the split is that the song lengths’ average is around 45 seconds. Now, normally, this is not at all a problem, seeing as I greatly enjoy other acts such as Assuck and Agoraphobic Nosebleed, except for the fact that the songs feel a bit rushed, even for grind. The grubby sound that Shitstorm have made on the album doesn’t get to fully develop into what could really be something phenomenal. Even the bands that they so greatly draw influence from allow themselves enough time to let their ideas flourish into masterfully crafted songs. It might have been time constraints or various other things that were out of the band's control, but the outcome does end up sounding somewhat rushed and short. The quality of what those 45 second spurts contain is good enough, however, that the length can be forgiven, but not forgotten.

The Shitstorm half of this split, while not quite as good as the Magrudergrind half, still easily holds its own among thousands of other grind outfits. The combination of the two halves makes for an incredible mix of two very engaging styles, both new and old, that come together and mold like gel. What more could you ask for in a grind offering?


Pro’s[+]
Magrudergrind’s entire half is marvelous
Production is surprisingly good for a small label
Style blend provides for a clean mix up of grind

Con’s[-]
Shitstorm’s half doesn’t measure up to the earlier
A very acquired taste indeed

Recommended Tracks
Siphon Then Silt
Smash Micros Like It’s 1999
Dahmerized Again
Hide Behind The Screen
Religious War


But really, you should just listen to the entire thing, three times through, as you will be craving more by the time you get through the first listen. I strongly recommend this to anyone who likes abrasive, heavy grindcore, and to anyone who might want to check out the tip of the iceberg of heaviness, because this my friends, is it.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
LifeInABox
October 10th 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh for God's sake. Swear filter much? This Message Edited On 10.10.07

Tyler
Emeritus
October 10th 2007


7926 Comments


I greatly enjoy other acts such as Assuck

You told me last week that you hadn't even heard Misery Index. GTFO.

Just bypass the swear filter by the way

FukuiSan
October 10th 2007


179 Comments


I'm not going to check this out for one reason and one reason only. I'm not listening to anything called Shitstorm.

LifeInABox
October 10th 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I got it. And I got the album, I don't know how I missed it :p
That was proving my point, btw. I'm not claiming to be an expert on them, it's just proving my point.
Than check it out for Magrudergrind You won't be sorry.This Message Edited On 10.10.07

FukuiSan
October 10th 2007


179 Comments


I'm getting it now.

Well....trying.

LifeInABox
October 10th 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hah, yeah good luck, but it's awesome when you do get it.

santi3hg
October 10th 2007


440 Comments


Good review, both great bands.

Shitstorm is from miami though.

LifeInABox
October 10th 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oops, you're right.

rattlehead42147
October 10th 2007


1345 Comments


i believe we're discussing this review right now...This Message Edited On 10.10.07

LifeInABox
October 10th 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I believe you are utterly correct

blackened07
October 10th 2007


949 Comments


I'm going to check this out.

LifeInABox
October 10th 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Do so, and fast.

Poor reception :upset:

FukuiSan
October 10th 2007


179 Comments


Wow, I actually got it.

FukuiSan
October 10th 2007


179 Comments


So far, the vocals sound pretty shitty.

santi3hg
October 10th 2007


440 Comments


I voted positive on the review. And no worries I'm from miami and see them at shows a lot. Fucking awesome live and everyone goes wild.
And Magrud is just mad good.

blackened07
October 10th 2007


949 Comments


I've only got a couple of songs so far but its pretty good.

LifeInABox
October 13th 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's really a phenominal split.

BroRape
February 25th 2008


803 Comments


i just downloaded a lot of this and some other stuff by them.

combustion07
February 25th 2008


5362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You should get the whole thing, this is some of the best grind around.

BroRape
February 25th 2008


803 Comments


i think i've got it all now. it's really good.



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