Exclaim!'s Top 27 Albums of 2016 So Far

21. Magrudergrind
(Relapse Records)

On the brash, blistering punk end of the grindcore spectrum, Washington, DC's Magrudergrind fall somewhere between Rotten Sound and Insect Warfare on the scale of auditory violence. They are direct yet creative, murderously hostile but disarmingly thoughtful in their execution, and their latest full-length, II, marries their intelligence with their bloodlust perfectly.

For something so brief and brutal, II is remarkably well composed, and is a balanced and creatively laid out grindcore record with just enough variance in pacing and riff structure to keep you hungry and engaged. It works best to take the entire record as a whole, and experience it as a titanic slab of ugliness.
Natalie Zina Walschots