GridLink
Amber Gray


5.0
classic

Review

by MoosechriS USER (8 Reviews)
November 1st, 2011 | 23 replies | 5,693 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Like an explosive device, Amber Grays impact is powerful and intense and will leave you scrambling for cover, only to leave you open mouthed at the horrors of its aftermath.

Jon Chang, a name infamous within grind core. Former front man of one of the greatest grind bands of all time (discordance axis) and well known throughout the genre as an extremely driven and hard working individual who works tirelessly to achieve his goals whether it be through music, art or other ventures. So after the unplanned end of discordance axis due to guitarist Rob Marton’s health issues, Jon Chang then went on to form Gridlink with guitarist Takafumi Matsubara, and drummer Bryan Fajardo in order to continue working within the grind core framework.

The question on most fans lips hearing this was “could this even begin to compare to his work with discordance axis?” as many grind fans still to this day hail The Inalienable Dreamless as the greatest grind album of all time. But these people should have known better than to doubt Chang and the other musicians involved, because this, the first album from Gridlink, equals and at time possibly even surpasses the speed, intensity and technicality of the inalienable dreamless. This hyper speed grind behemoth tears out of the speakers from the get go and flaws you with it’s sheer level of intensity. Clocking in at only 11 minutes and 50 seconds there are no stand out or stand alone moments within this release as there is no fat or excess here with everything being streamlined to give maximum impact and effectiveness.

Although Changs drive and determination behind the project are undoubtedly the driving force behind Gridlinks vision, the real plaudits of this release deserve to go to drummer Bryan Fajardo and guitarist Takafumi Matsubara. With Fajardo’s drumming remaining fast, technical and intense throughout while at the same time constantly varying in attack and approach without sounding at odds with any other element of the bands sound. This approach and variation works perfectly and compliments the amazing guitar work. Bringing us to the star of the show, guitarist Takafumi Matsubara. Because the riffs on this album are some of the finest within the genre, seemingly being able to take influence from various other genres styles (some riffs could easily fit into a black metal album) without impacting the overall feel of the songs or structures. With Matsubara proving to be a virtuoso within the genre managing to construct riffs displaying his amazing technical prowess while retaining a catchiness to the riffs that draws you in before pinning you to the wall.

Like an explosive device, Amber Grays impact is powerful and intense and will leave you scrambling for cover, only to leave you open mouthed at the horrors of its aftermath.



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MoosechriS
November 1st 2011


5008 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I know this is probably closer to a 4.5 but i just went with my original rating from when i first rated it. Listened to this god knows how many times and i just never tire of listening to it. Suppose it helps that its under 12 minutes long haha

lobby
November 1st 2011


1251 Comments


their cover arts are pretty sick

cvlts
November 1st 2011


8955 Comments


accidentally left this playing for an hour. my lastfm is still recovering

Rev
November 1st 2011


9422 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Asuka was written about my girlfriend :o

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
November 1st 2011


18450 Comments


hmmmm

Digging: Recondite - Caldera/DRGN 2

rasputin
November 1st 2011


14544 Comments


gridlink are great but imo have never released any classic material

though i like this more than their newest

ks1
November 3rd 2011


55 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

One of my favourite grind albums. I was planning on reviewing this, but you've nailed it.

The first listen was one of my most disorienting experiences with music.

Pos'd.

MoosechriS
November 3rd 2011


5008 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

thanks dude

ffs
February 22nd 2012


4869 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh hey this is good

Spec
February 22nd 2012


27167 Comments


a five really?

MrGrind
April 1st 2012


84 Comments


Will have to look into this

MrGrind
April 1st 2012


84 Comments


Why not?

ffs
April 1st 2012


4869 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

don't listen to him he's not even white

MrGrind
April 1st 2012


84 Comments


haha, I'm still going to listen to it, don't be silly

BarkHammer
April 1st 2012


125 Comments


riff I thought you hated all grindcore that didn't have shitty artwork and the sound wasn't pure and utter filth?

MrGrind
April 1st 2012


84 Comments


just listened and fuck is it amazing, this review describes it perfectly

Mister Twister
April 22nd 2013


1542 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I actually like this. I'm so confused, I normally hate Grind. The Jenova is pretty damned cool.

Kman418
October 11th 2013


10450 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

dude jons yells got even better from his discord dayz wtf how is that even possible

kinda wished he still did some of the gutteral stuff though the interplay between the two styles was awesome

Digging: AIDS Wolf - Cities of Glass

PunchforPunch
October 11th 2013


6280 Comments


the hell is wrong with the artwork

Digging: Robert Hood - Fabric 39

Kman418
October 11th 2013


10450 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it's p cool looking if you look at a full res version



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