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Sunday Old School: Meathook Seed

Over the seven year history of the Sunday Old School column, we've covered well over 300 bands. Somehow though, it seems that at least a third of these groups have ties to British grindcore fathers, Napalm Death, whether it's guest appearances, touring buddies or shared members, bands such as Carcass, Extreme Noise Terror and Godflesh among others, can all trace themselves to the brutal Brummies in one way or another. Today's featured outfit is another example of the brilliance of the founders of grindcore, as we take a look at the project launched by Napalm Death guitarist Mitch Harris in the early nineties, which went by the suitably heavy name of Meathook Seed.

The band was formed in 1992 by Harris, who was looking to experiment somewhat. While discussing his idea with Obituary guitarist Trevor Peres, the latter expressed his desire to perform vocals in a band, which was increased further when he heard the demos Harris had recorded. Around the same time, Napalm Death performed a show in Tampa, Florida, where Harris jammed with Peres's Obituary bandmate, Donald Tardy, who was easily persuaded to join the Meathook Seed project.

After agreeing on working together, the trio were only able to squeeze in seven rehearsals before entering the studio to record their debut album, "Embedded." The result was a blend of death metal, hardcore punk and techno music, the latter of which was particularly apparent on the drum work, which ultimately created a brutal industrial metal sound. Though plans were made for live shows, which would include Napalm Death stalwart Shane Embury on bass and a second guitarist, Meathook Seed only performed twice, at least to date. While Napalm Death and Obituary were touring with Machine Head, the latter pulled out of a show in Atlanta, Georgia to perform at a festival in Europe, leading the two bands to decide that Meathook Seed should play in their place.

Following the release of the album and their live debut, Meathook Seed was placed on the back burner for a while, as the members focused their efforts on their main bands. However, in the late nineties, Mitch Harris decided to bring back the project, along with bandmate Shane Embury, although this time, neither Trevor Peres or Donald Tardy took part. In their place came French vocalist Christophe Lamouret of the band, Out and former Benediction drummer Ian Treacy, while producer Russ Russell joined as a session guitarist and together the quintet recorded the second Meathook Seed album, "Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth (B.I.B.L.E.)"

This time around, the group's sound was perhaps more electronic than before, with the lead single, "Elemental" sounding a lot less harsh than the likes of "Famine Sector" from the previous album and the record as a whole was perhaps more rock orientated than metal. Since the release of the sophomore album, Meathook Seed has been more or less silent and given that they have been inactive since 1999, a new album seems unlikely, though one can always hope. Whether or not the group ever return remains to be seen, but the two albums serve as further proof that the extensive list of related bands on the Napalm Death Wikipedia page, are indeed all worth checking out.

Meathook Seed - "Famine Sector"

Meathook Seed - "My Infinity"

Meathook Seed - "Visible Shallow Self"

Meathook Seed - "Elemental"

Meathook Seed - "Lost in a Box"

Meathook Seed - "Civilize the World"

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.

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Both albums are f***in' amazing

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