Grunt Codex Bizarre
Published Aug 24, 2015Often described as "futuristic," Liverpool's Grunt take the next step in grindcore evolution by adding electronic breakbeats, seemingly from the Re-Constriction Records (R.I.P.) roster, to their sound. Their T-shirts proclaim "No backshirt slogan, just grind," but this offhanded simplism demands more attention.
Though vocalist/guitarist Boy-G, bassist/sampler Boy-Z and vocalist/drummer Boy-D dress in black latex as if auditioning for the Gimp role in a Pulp Fiction reboot, the trio are deadly serious about their craft. The Mortician-like overtones of "Teratoid Latex Feudalist" have wicked Carcass-esque soloing, and "Twilight Hybrid Bonanza – Shemale Part II" takes the Mortician vibe even further by adding industrial, Clay People-ish beats and vocal samples. "Funeral Sub-Mission Suite Part I" toes the line between power metal and electronica before "Part II" and "Panzer Enema" erupt in putrid death-grind, and though "The Speed Freak's Sadistical Abuse Remix" is full-on dubstep and EDM worship, Grunt incorporate enough grind guitars and growls to make it truly invigorating.
What if the Genitorturers and Circle of Dust joined forces and went grind? Codex Bizarre answers that question, leaping forward as one of the most intriguing extreme releases of the year. (Bizarre Leprous Productions)