Unholy Grave

Grind Killers

Written by: PP on 13/07/2010 14:34:21

The wave of grindcore from Selfmadegod Records continues with a new release by Unholy Grave. They originate from Nagoya, Japan, and they REALLY don't like terrorism. You're right in thinking that nobody does, but Unholy Grave have made hating terrorism into an artform, as every single track on "Grind Killers" is about terrorism, and each one of their albums has the "against terrorism" stamp somewhere on the artwork and usually also on the CD itself. While that provides an interesting angle for the band, their music unfortunately doesn't, and they can easily be binned considering their lower echelon status in the grindcore circles.

"Grind Killers" contains 23 tracks all recorded live in one take in a Dutch studio on their 2008 European tour, so the production is what it is: a raw, unpolished, echoing live production. Nuances of crust and hardcore can also be found in Unholy Grave's music, but mostly they play by-the-books grindcore with below-average songwriting skill. The vocals are a fucking joke, mingling with the same disgusting gargle-levels as Agathocles, Archagathus and other bands with equally retarded names. There's a cover of the Ramones classic "Beat On The Brat", but it's pretty horrible and I wish the band wouldn't have ruined the song in this way. Those clean vocals used in the track are in the top 5 worst things I've ever heard, and unfortunately for the listener, they make an occasional appearance elsewhere on the album as well.

Grindcore is a niché genre to start out with, appealing only to the fewest metalheads out there, but this whole 'mincecore' bullshit is a niché within that niché. I refuse to believe it to be profitable for any label to release these sorts, and for the sake of my ears and my mental stability, I don't ever hope to be treated to another Unholy Grave release, even if it isn't a live recording.


Download: Confession
For the fans of: Agathocles, Archagathus
Listen: Myspace

Release date 23.03.2010
Selfmadegod Records

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