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Gruesome Stuff Relish: Horror Rises from the Tomb
3.5 out of 5 skulls

Gruesome Stuff Relish
Horror Rises from...

What more could any fan of gore-grind want than zombified lyrics, grinding guitars layered in heaps of sludge and manic drum work that;ll leave you battered and bruised. Not to mention the tongue in cheek horror humor that dominates the album. Horror Rises From The Tomb is raw, infectious and down right fun as hell to listen to.

Pristina: Khe Sanh
3 out of 5 skulls

Pristina
Khe Sanh

When compared to their last EP, Khe Sanh shows a natural progression of elements that the band toyed with in the past. Embracing a more chaotic hardcore base, Pristina hit hard and often with four solid tracks of grind-influenced metal.

Fetid Zombie: Abort the Messiah
3.5 out of 5 skulls

Fetid Zombie
Abort the Messiah

Abort the Messiah carries the gore flag high on a blood crusted inverted cross, but also steps up the song writing and delivery measurably. If you like your gore with some groove, you'll want to check out this disc.

The Day Everything Became Nothing: Brutal
3.5 out of 5 skulls

The Day Everything Became Nothing
Brutal

The Day Everything Became Nothing's concoction of bludgeoning rhythms and catchy grooves makes for a sweet listen that not only will have you head banging along with every riff, but is damned near heavy enough to decimate cityscapes at just the right volume.

Exit Wounds: s/t
3.5 out of 5 skulls

Exit Wounds
Exit Wounds

So you say you're in the mood for a little grindcore. How about something dripping with violent psychosis and vehemence? Exit Wound's debut album has that and more. Pop this disc into your favorite ghetto blaster, secure your straight jacket and hold on tight.

Don The Reader: Humanesque
3.5 out of 5 skulls

Don The Reader
Humanesque

Taking on influences from Every Time I Die to Coalesce to The Dillinger Escape Plan, this debut effort is massive in terms of its scope and sound. Often teetering on the edge of a cavernous precipice Don The Reader real themselves back in with a belying structure that could turn on you like a rabid dog going for the jugular at any moment.

Those Who Bring the Torture: Tank Gasmask Ammo
3.5 out of 5 skulls

Those Who Bring the Torture
Tank Gasmask Ammo

This is one of those middle of the road albums that sometimes is more enjoyable to listen to on a regular basis that those releases that really push the limits of their respective genres. The mixture of old school death metal, light grind influences and groove make Tank Gasmask Ammo an entertaining listen.

XXX Maniak/Coffins: The Chains of Doom
4 out of 5 skulls

XXX Maniak / Coffins
The Chains of Doom

This split is freakin' solid. Sheer societal destruction from XXX Maniak on one side and sludge veterans Coffins on the other can only mean one thing. The end of all things decent is upon us. Definitely check this disc out.

Gutted With Broken Glass: Beaten to a Pulp
3 out of 5 skulls

Gutted With Broken Glass
Beaten to a Pulp

The album isn't really long enough to bore or get stagnate, but what it lacks in length, it more than makes up for in sheer and utter disregard for all things status quo. The guitars are so low tuned, noisy and heavy they nearly drown out everything else on the disc. And the drum programing matches the album's mood and theme with hyper active blasts and unrelenting pace.

Beyond Terror, Beyond Grace: Extinction/Salvation
3.5 out of 5 skulls

Beyond Terror, Beyond Grace
Extinction / Salvation

BTBG's Extinction/Salvation is more than simple, crushing blows to the cranium. There's an intelligence behind the brutal attack that is both refreshing and surprising, yet delivered in such a fashion that it fits the thick, caustic feel of the album perfectly.