Unearthing The Metal Underground: The Goregrind Scene
The other day I was trading video uploads with fellow staff member Carl, whose taste usually gravitates towards classy traditional metal. I sent him a track from the grindcore band Cuntscrape, "Giving Head to Mr. Ed," leaving him speechless. His reply went something like this - "I thought there was a limit to the extreme. I was wrong." Ha ha, poor Carl.
Nope. There's no limit to the extreme in sight. Back in the late eighties and early nineties, the progenitors of twisted and depraved metal like Lividity or Broken Hope couldn't have imagined how contorted the genre would have gotten. Nowadays it gets more brutal than anyone could have ever envisioned. The horror fantasy themes have given way to pornogrind lyrics, inaudible vocals and psychopathic themes. Over time lyrics have been all but done away with, almost as if they are too sensitive and get in the way of what should be primal. It's all meant to be hilarious and over the top, and goregrind is the last frontier when it comes to offensive, loud metal.
The best bands have either good structure or an angle that gets them noticed. It is no longer good enough to just rehash 200 blast beats and throw sick cartoon imagery of mass mutilation onto an album cover, since thousands of bands are doing that exact same thing. Some groups resort to bizarre stage costumes, like the Czech Republic's Spasm - whose lead singer wears a thong and a Borat one-piece bathing suit. Now you have to be enough of a sociopath to stand out from the pack. The more popular of the underground grind bands like Rompeprop, Vaginal Kebab or Cock and Ball Torture have larger followings due to their distinctly sick sounds coupled with high energy music.
For every good band that wears out the festival circuit, there are hundreds of one-man goregrind bands that, while sounding incredibly lackluster and minimalist, can actually be quite funny. A lot of time and money is invested in a traditional band, bringing rise to this phenomena of one guy sitting in a room gargling to an audio track. Cum Book and Satan's Karaoke Sleaze Rollercoaster are examples of many of these autonomous projects. And while disparaged by countless people, several of these bands get plenty of likes from metalheads who want a good laugh.
While American bands like Waco Jesus are big and influential in the porno/goregrind scene, the bulk of the bigger name bands are to be found in Europe. The reasons for this can be multifold, but primarily I feel it's because the scene over there supports itself. It also is a more open-minded environment and has far more festivals geared towards extreme metal. We have a few in America like the LV Death Fest or the Brutality Reigns Fest, but Europe has the lion's share. Every month is a brutal metal fest with dozens of goregrind bands on it, from Fekal Party to Sick Fest or Obscene Extreme. Thousands of fans attend these events, whereas we're lucky to get an attendance of a few hundred stateside.
No matter how serious a metaller you may be, sometimes you need something crazy to blow off some steam and fuel your angst. Today on Metal Underground we will put the spotlight on three goregrind bands on the top of the heap of the European scene. Whether by sound, crazy videos or hilarious songs, these bands are reaching the zenith of the extreme metal cabal. These artists are a handful of many that go to great lengths in proving that there is no limit in sight for the extreme - not just yet.
This quartet of depraved Belarussians is quickly becoming a pornogrind favorite. They wear masks like Rompeprop and take it to new levels by blending grind with an industrial style via soundmaster DJ Kustoff. The trio on stage acts like a deranged posse of lunatics with their disturbing and phallic imagery. Below are a couple of official videos from their two albums, "Born to Porn" and "Chronic Pornoholic." In their videos, Anal Grind come off like the mafia with their suits, rings, vodka, car, power tools, guns and scatological imagery that includes plenty of violence and fire. Nothing is sacred to these guys, as they even turn a nun into a coke whore.
Anal Grind - "General Perversation" - Chronic Pornoholic
Anal Grind - "Anal Stigmat" - Born to Porn
This is the Netherlands' most widely recognized grind band, and they know how to rock a festival of thousands, like the PartySan. Formed a decade ago, Cliteater has four full-length albums, all brandishing titles that are spoofs of other artists like 2010's "The Great Southern Clitkill." They parody well-known song titles and artists as well since anything is game in grind, especially to these goofs. The Mexicans will finally get to see them in 2013 when Cliteater head over to Monterey, San Luis Potosi and Mexico City early next year on tour, cluminating in the Mexxxico Gore Grind Festival.
Cliteater - "Portable Gasstove" - Clit 'em All
Cliteater - "Bruce Dick-In-Son" - Scream Bloody Clit
This quintet hails from Poland and has a couple of releases out on Mad Lion Records. Their first CD, "Obora," got launched in 2008, with the follow-up "Koryto" released last year. Nuclear Vomit just appeared at the Merry Fest and will be at the 14th annual Fekal Party in August. When onstage, they dress in white lab coats splattered with blood and even throw a few Spanish and German words into some songs. They have song titles like "PETA" which stands for "people eat tasty animals." One of their official videos is a cartoon, which we feature below. The guys in Nuclear Vomit met while drinking, so its interesting that on their Facebook page they publicized a "Grill 'n' Grind" AA/NA meeting for metalheads in Pulski. I guess when you quit your bad habits, music becomes your one vice.
Nuclear Vomit - "Pornoland" - Obora
Nuclear Vomit - "Pathological Bestial Masturbation" - Obora
While sometimes over the top, the goregrind scene pulls in thousands of fans due to its extreme and taboo nature. Most metalheads aren't the type to be easily offended, since that would be a contradiction to the genre. Hopefully you found a band today that merits you looking into the scene further. Join us again Mondays on Metal Underground when we unearth yet another scene from a genre or country.
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