I do not alphabetize my albums. No thank you very much. I’ve got a genre/subgenre/related artists/artist/album/year released system that works just fine for me. That way whenever I’m in the mood for a particular sound, I’ve got plenty of albums right there to choose from.
But I’m prepared to acknowledge the potential benefits an alphabetical approach has to offer. Because I’m about to school you on the ABCs of grind. Essentially, if all goes well, each Friday for the next six months, I plan to drop a new mixtape of grind, hardcore, fastcore, power violence and whatever else passes my fleeting fancy on your screen-tanned asses based on each letter of the alphabet (at the end I may go back and do something about those pesky numerical bands).
I’ve actually been obsessively thinking about this ever since Cosmo Lee at Invisible Oranges asked me to make him a modern grind mixtape. He probably had no idea the can of obsessive worms he opened up with that one. I spent a good couple of weeks combing my collection. At an hour, I’m sure that was longer than he anticipated, but I still stewed over the stuff that got left off because I thought it was too obvious (hello, GridLink! Seriously, I was surprised to find out some people don't consider The Inalienable Dreamless to be a life changing album.) in favor of something slightly more obscure (at the time, Wormrot). I’ve pretty much spent the 14 months since thinking about this because there were so many more bands past and present I thought deserved a second look by the larger masses.
Essentially, my friends, there’s so much grind in the world -- and new bands keep making more -- that I can’t keep up. So I’m going to wrangle together everything in my collection and everything I can scrounge off the interhole and shove it down your greedy gorge each week in the shape of a new mixtape. This is not to say they’re all gonna be gems (so, Bill, that means you can’t hold this against my streak). Instead, I’m trying to paint as wide a picture of what grind et al have to offer as I possibly can.
Hopefully all goes well because there’s some scary looking letters lurking at the end of the alphabet. I don’t wanna drop a comp of nothing but XXX Maniac songs if you know what I’m sayin’.
Invariably, I'm gonna overlook somebody. So feel free to add additions in the commenets. Anyway, I present you with the letter A mixtape [Mediafire]:
Arsedestroyer – “Untitled” (Sweden)
Abstain – “My Generation” (United States)
Apartment 213 – “Kill For Christ”
Archagathus – “No Help” (Canada)
Afgrund – “No One Gives a Fuck Anymore” (Sweden)
ATKA – “14” (Germany)
Agenda of Swine – “Decimation of World Trade Through Organization” (United States)
Agents of Satan – “Kill for Baloff” (United States)
Anarchus – “Creation of a Religion” (Mexico)
Abcess – “Red Eclipse” (United States)
A.C. – “Siege” (United States)
Amputee – “Nothing” (United States)
ASRA – “Exploiting the Dead” (United States)
Audio Kollaps – “Squadrons of Death” (Germany)
The Arson Project – “Unbreakable” (Sweden)
As the Sun Sets – “Borderline Sarcasm” (United States)
Ablach – “Confessit & Declait Furth” (Scotland)
Agathocles – “Porcelain A” (Belgium)
Antigama – “You Have the Right to Remain Violent” (Poland)
Assuck – “Reversing Denial” (United States)
Attack of the Mad Axeman – “The Philosophy of Rudiger Nehberg” (Germany)
Asshole Parade – “As Nails Rust” (United States)
Antischism – “Greedy Bastards” (United States)
Asterisk* -- “Green Eyed Angel in My Dream” (Sweden)
Agoraphobic Nosebleed – “Blind Hatred Finds a Tit” (United States)
Agents of Abhorrence – “Sick Disguise” (Australia)
All is Suffering – “Siege Warfare” (United States)
Total to date: 27 bands