Thursday, January 5, 2012
Get Into: Afgrund
When it comes to grind, Noktorn covers the gore, I cover the 'core.
I played Afgrund for a good friend of mine who was just getting into extreme metal, and he said it sounded like urban warfare. Spot-on first impression. This is music for shotgun blasts methodically meted out in the light of burning storefronts. These dudes are probably anarchists, but if the music is any indication they are some disciplined, militant fucking anarchists.
Afgrund are Swedish, and boy do they sound Swedish. Their last full-length, Vid Helvetets Grindar (2009), is crisp and polished and packs an extremely heavy low end. While they are no strangers to d-beats and thrash, Afgrund really shine on the crushing jackhammer blast-fests and the breakdowns that punctuate them. It's just really fucking heavy, dude. "A Burning Cross On Your Perfect Lawn" is a clever condemnation of banal suburban reactionaries, and features Afgrund's wall-of-blasting approach at its purest and most relentless. You will dig this if you dig Nasum and Rotten Sound and the boys, but I think it could also be fun for people who are into Marduk and other blasting black metal, but haven't really explored grindcore proper. Oh, and of course, this was put out by the generally excellent Willowtip Records.
I got into Afgrund a couple years ago through the excellent but now-defunct Chainsaw Justice blog. By way of saying thank you, here's a link to the new blog of C.J. writer Flesh Monolith.