Thursday, November 25, 2010

Grindcore Bracketology: Quarterfinals 2 Winners

Despite one turd in the pool, I’m absolutely enjoying sitting on the sidelines watching you guys (respectfully) argue this one out. Quarterfinals 2 has been another brutal round and there are some heart wrenching eliminations coming. But it had to happen sooner or later. Here’s who you said should advance to fight it out for regional mastery. As always, updated brackets can be reviewed here. Well get back to voting again on Monday.

North America
Was that a hint of an anti-GridLink backlash I was picking up in the comments? Though some of you remain unimpressed by Chang and Matsurbara’s collabo, the Jersey-Japanese amalgamation powered passed Texas heroes Kill the Client by 13-9 in a thoroughly grueling matchup. No matter who won that one, I kinda feel like we all lost.

Asia and Australia
Luckily, Gamefaced will not be hunting each of you down to devour your souls because 324 cruised past Singapore acolytes Mangnicide by either 16-1 or a perfect 17-0. (Sorry, Amalgamated, I wasn’t sure where you’re going with that. If you’d care to clarify that in the comments, we may just have our very first shutout.)
[Addendum: Amalgamated said it was a vote for Magnicide. So the official final count will stand as 16-1 even though he/she/it/they will bow the majority. Either way, look out for Gamefaced, my friend.]

Scandinavia
I fear the Afgrund v. Sayyadina rivalry will never be satisfactorily resolved. Though Sayyadina eventually won out by 11-6, this was the closest call of the lot and the quality arguments offered for both suggest a convincing case could have been made to overturn the will of the people. Too bad I’m on Team Sayyadina.

Continental Europe and the United Kingdom
Upsets have been vanishingly rare so far, but Dutch crushers Blood I Bleed will be hitting the showers early after getting thoroughly pummeled by Nashgul 12-4. The Spanish band was probably the hardest ranking decision I had to make initially, and they’re quickly proving themselves to be a dark horse to watch with a second upset to their credit.

17 comments:

Amalgamated said...

it was a silent nod to magnicide but i will acquiesce to the masses and grant a shut out while i mourn the four better bands who lost.

Orthodoxyn said...

Ohh this competition is getting deep now, a lot of my preferences have been eliminated, so now I have to think long and hard as to which of these fantastic bands are better than these other fantastic bands.

Andrew Childers said...

if that was a vote for magnicide, i say let it stand. i'm all for principled disagreement.

brutalex said...
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gamefaced said...

rest easy.

Andrew Childers said...

both pig destroyer and rotten sound have been pimping the brackets. not that that should affect your vote.

see RS's status to the right
http://www.reverbnation.com/rottensound

meanwhile PxDx is twittering the tweets
http://twitter.com/xpigdestroyerx

and since i forgot to mention it earlier. the other lurker i know of is rich hoak. i bet some of you kinda feel bad about what you had to say about him now.

DesiccatedVeins said...

Haha, I KNEW PxDx and Hoak/BT would be two of them. Also, another one pimping the brackets is Wormrot, but that makes sense because they follow a lot of the grind blogs anyway.

Andrew Childers said...

cool. i hadn't seen that one. i've created a monster and it was all your idea.

DesiccatedVeins said...

Yeah, Wormrot's was just a link on their Facebook page [http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wormrot/237638635639], but I was still happy when I saw it. I'm glad any bands who saw it weren't all "HURR Help us win! HURR" like the first round. And yeah, I'm pretty pleased how the whole thing's grown and mutated over time. It could probably destroy a pretty fair-sized Japanese city at this point in its life-cycle. So glad I didn't try to handle it myself, haha.

Andrew Childers said...

so you're saying we're still more godzuki and godzilla at this point?

Anonymous said...

Hasnt Gridlink only released 11 minutes of material?

TheThirdChildren said...

11 minutes that destroy pretty much anything else

Andrew Childers said...

12 minutes. why does everybody forget the track at the end of dxax's our last day?

brutalex said...

13! Don't forget the ever elusive Mephistopheles cover.

brutalex said...

15, rather. 15 minutes that would lay waste to an entire continent if developed on a military scale.

TheThirdChildren said...

Now I'm kinda sorry I didn't vote Magnicide. Their s/t slays, deserved more than one vote. The album ... not as great

DesiccatedVeins said...

Haha, fuck Godzuki! He was such a Scrappy-Doo character.