Tuesday, August 25, 2009

My Name is Legion, For We are Many

As if defining grindcore weren’t a confounding enough task, there’s a subset of practitioners such as Spoonful of Vicodin that seem determined to set themselves apart from their peers and colleagues by inventing a micro-genre they can solely inhabit. Is being a humble grind band that bad? Join me on a trip through grind’s far-flung and constantly evolving nomenclature.

Grindcore
Napalm Death
Scum
Earache
1987


Rotcore
Spoonful of Vicodin
Rotcore
Bones Brigade
2009


Mincecore
Agathocles
Grind is Protest
Dis-Order
2009


Darkness Grind
324
Rebelgrind
HG:Fact
2006

Northern Hyperblast
Kataklysm
The Mystical Gate of Reincarnation
Nuclear Blast
1993


Panzergrind
F.A.M.
Bullet(in)
Scrotum Jus
2007

10 comments:

Zmaj said...

Cephalic Carnage - Rocky Mountain Hydrogrind :D

I think Catheter might have done some ridiculous genre naming too (not sure at all, though).

We should come up with something awesome for DxAx, Asterisk, Agents of Abhorrence etc. Robmartoncore.

Shanetera said...

324 is totally Grindcrust, I'm convinced.

Wet Nightmare said...

yeah, i thought 324 had a fairly traditional sound

Andrew Childers said...

zmaj -- omigod, totally forgot cephalic. good catch. and you're indeed correct, catheter did try to call it 303 grind, repping that home area code.

shantera/wet -- i didn't mean any of this to be actual reflection on their sound. it's all just marketing gimmicks at this point. i have no clue what "darkness grind" means, but that's how 324 has described their last couple of albums at least.

metaldose said...

ditto the zmaj comment on cephalic. then there's one band that plays exactly violent style; i think i just mentioned who.

William Wren said...

thaks

Bill Willingham IV, Esquire said...

I'd never thought of early Kataklysm as being grind, but I can see the connection, I suppose. Either way, "Northern Hyperblast" is a great example of genre gimmickry.

Similar to xmaj's idea, I'm going to start calling anything John Chang is involved with as RAAAAAcore.

Andrew Childers said...

i certainly don't immediately think of kataklysm when i think grind, but hey, i can't deny the ridiculous attraction of a name like "northern hyperblast."

i always thought grindcore ninja commando team nicely summed up dxax. dunno how well that would apply to an asterisk* or noisear. i am open to suggestions.

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