CHAINEDDARK_2014yearend_cln11 copyLate again. This list came out far leaner compared to 2013. There is much I haven’t heard from 2014 but fuck it, what else is new right? I’ll get to that later.

There’s an honorable mentions and missing in action section but this is largely about the releases I spent the most time with in 2014. Many of which I’ve written about in the course of the year.

It’ll be short so read on after the break.

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IMG_1467 copyFrom the corpse of Obacha a new Squamish three piece has recorded a demo that somehow manages to match and potentially surpass the absurd spastic hostility that Obacha was known for. Throat Slitter is not fucking around.

Yeah this is flesh-stripping, paint cracking, organ rupturing powerviolence. A six minute mauling. I’m obsessed with it, jamming it all the time. No bullshit just raw grinding.

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SHIT LUCK – Self-Inflictive. Self-Destructive. (2014) — REVIEW

SHIT LUCK - 2014 JGIt was early 2013 when Floridian SHIT LUCK first impressed me with their demo SLOW DEATH. Ultimately their blackened crust was on point in most regards: a rusted maelstrom whose success when blending abused styles was engaging, memorable and quite loud.

It was like a decrepit engine roaring as it tears itself apart, unhinging from the struts and shearing metallic grime from it’s pieces. The tape itself had some quality issues, or at least mine did. However I enjoyed the shit out of the digital copy all of 2013.

This year they’ve released a two track EP through bandcamp. Unexpectedly nuanced while remaining weighty, desolate and urgent Self Inflictive. Self Destructive. brings out new shades that are nested well within ripe ideas from SLOW DEATH.

These guys also have been nice enough to put it up for free, so you don’t have an excuse to miss out.

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Frail Vessel – Demo (2013) — CS/CD REVIEW

IMG_6989Grindcore has ensnared me far more throughout this year compared to the past, due to an array of factors that aren’t relevant here. In fact I think this might be the first year where it dwarfs death metal or black metal for me in terms of the genre I’ve gleaned the most enjoyment out of.

The point is there’s truckloads of excellent, strange, and mediocre grind each year and a lot gets missed. I’m guilty of it right now guaranteed.

I’m still trying to figure out how to get my hands on something from Morphic Lapse and Code/Error for example. I can’t even keep up with the basics like Water Torture’s or Suffering Mind’s ever-consuming record releases, let alone the local and remote gold that’s being crafted.

Which brings me to these guys: Frail Vessel. Outside of a few locals who either know grinders or are grinders who toured with them (or both) I haven’t seen this demo in circulation amongst the underground blogs; at least in any noticeable capacity. And I must say that this is unfortunate because it’s an exceptional first expression from this band.

Frail Vessel are from the east coast of Canada: Newfoundland to be specific. They’re fairly new from what I can tell, and fuck me have they produced a mordant, psychotic, and punishing grind demo that’s been captivating me all year.

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FOCUS: Yautja

yautja_013Here’s a band I’ve been unaware of until recently, and I’m sure that may be the case for some of those reading. I’m gonna go over their short but savage and addicting catalog of steamrolling grind and hopefully convince some of you to check them out.

Update: I got my hands on both so photos have been added as of (05/02/2014).

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