Goregrind

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Goregrind is a musical sub-genre of grindcore and death metal.[1]

History[edit]

Despite the early impact of albums such as Repulsion's Horrified and Impetigo's Ultimo Mondo Cannibale,[2] the origins of the genre really lie with the British band Carcass,[3] who began their career in the late 1980s. In their Reek of Putrefaction-era, Carcass used pitch shifters, medical imagery and several visceral associations when it originally conceived the band, a deviation from the frequently political or left-wing lyrics commonly used in the hardcore punk and grindcore scenes.

Characteristics[edit]

According to Matthew Harvey,

Gore-Grind music is characterized by its preoccupation with pitch-shifted or extremely low vocals, use of gore and forensic pathology as its exclusive subject matter, and often very fast tempos. Grind-Gore bands also have the refreshing tendency not to take themselves or their lyrics too seriously. This is evidenced by ... the often intricate and disgusting yet undeniably cartoonish splatter drawings that adorn many Gore-Grind album sleeves.[1]

Zero Tolerance described goregrind as being defined by "detuned guitars, blasting drums (sometimes with a high-tuned, clanging 'biscuit tin' snare drum sound), sickening lyrics and often heavily processed/distorted vocals.[4] Goregrind bands commonly use extremely low or pitch-shifted vocals.[5] The lyrics' subject matter often features violent themes including gore, forensic pathology, death, and rape. Lyrics sometimes have a clear tongue-in-cheek Z-grade horror-movie feel and are not expected to be taken seriously.[1] Cyjan, drummer for Polish goregrind band Dead Infection, commented, "Musically, there's no real difference between grindcore and goregrind, but lyrically, whereas the first is socially and politically concerned, goregrind, as the name implies, deals with everything related to blood, pathological aspects or accidents with fatal results."[2]

List of notable goregrind bands[edit]

Band Country Formed Notes
Aborted Belgium 1995 [6]
Carcass UK 1985 [1][2][4]
Cattle Decapitation USA 1996 [7][8][9]
Cenotaph Turkey 1994 [10]
The County Medical Examiners USA 2001 [2][4]
Dead Infection Poland 1990 [2][3]
Exhumed USA 1990 [1][3]
General Surgery Sweden 1988 [1][2][4]
Haemorrhage Spain 1990 [2][3]
Impaled USA 1997 [1][4]
Impetigo USA 1987 [2][4]
Inhume The Netherlands 1994 [2]
Last Days of Humanity The Netherlands 1989 [1][2][4]
Machetazo Spain 1994 [11]
Pathologist Czech Republic 1990 [3]
Regurgitate Sweden 1990 [1][4]
Repulsion USA 1984 [2][4]
Xysma Finland 1988 [3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Purcell, Natalie J. (2003). Death Metal Music: The Passion and Politics of a Subculture. McFarland. pp. 23–24. ISBN 0-7864-1585-1. Retrieved 2007-11-28. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Badin, Olivier (2009). "Goregrind". Terrorizer, 181, p.41.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Widener, Matthew. "Carcass Clones". Decibel Magazine. Retrieved 2009-02-27. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Grind Prix" (2005). Zero Tolerance #004, p. 46.
  5. ^ Brandon Stosuy, Show No Mercy, Pitchfork, August 6, 2008. [1] Access date: October 14, 2008.
  6. ^ Bennett, J. (2007). Review of Slaughter and Apparatus: A Methodical Overture, Revolver (magazine)|Revolver]] #55, p. 55.
  7. ^ Hoare, James (2009). "Criminal Records: Essential Albums|US", Terrorizer #181, p. 45.
  8. ^ Bennett, J. (2009). "San Diegan goregrinder make a case for bleeding-heart vegetarians", Revolver #78, p. 26.
  9. ^ York, William. "Cattle Decapitation > Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
  10. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Cenotaph". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  11. ^ Machetazo biography @ MusicMight