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The Monday Grind: Mince Your Way Through Monday With HAGGUS Gore, Gore And…More Gore

It’s Monday and Mondays suck, so let’s grind it out with Haggus Gore, Gore And…More Gore.

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It’s Monday and Mondays suck, so let’s grind it out with Haggus Gore, Gore And…More Gore.

While it’s always been a desire to do one of these on a mincecore band, I just somehow haven’t gotten around to it until now. Mince, or mincecore, for those that don’t know, is a style of grindcore coined by Agathocles. “Who’s Agathocles?” you might ask. A discography you’ll never catch up with if you haven’t been listening to them since 1988. In a few years, Haggus might be in the same vein. But to back track slightly, mincecore is a deeper, more death metal sounding grind, in essence. Maybe you could even call it the more…refined version of goregrind.

Haggus, though? Filthy as hell. When the band say they’re greasy mincecore, they ain’t lying. I mean this record sounds like it has extra lard slathered all over it. Gore, Gore And…More Gore is the band’s first full-length after doing splits and EPs for four years. The concentrated effort yields about thirteen-minutes of pure gory filth. But hey just because they released one full-length (last year) doesn’t mean they’re gonna slow down their turnover. I’m still getting constant Bandcamp emails about Haggus releases.

Gore, Gore And…More Gore is a good introduction to Haggus because it’s self-contained and it’s got some length. Splits tend to go by kinda quick, so this feels like spoilage. And you know what? It’s all catchy as hell. Yeah, that’s right. Blasting, raw madness that really sticks with you. When people talk about Haggus, they talk about them because their compositions are fantastic, and their sound is so spot on with the gory filth that goes with their releases.

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The vomit gurgle of “Putrid Process” might bring to mind something you’d hear on a Last Days of Humanity record, but then the instruments kick in. The blasting picks up and the heavy chug sets in. Haggus is on the heavier side of things, not so much the pure blasting chaos you’d find with The Kill. But you will find blasting chaos (see: “Horrible Person”). It’s the rhythms of songs like “Backyard Labotomy” that sink in and stick there. The guitar lick is just sick, and the following blast just grooves underneath it all. “Mince is Protest” is much the same, sounding foreboding and like a hungry, gurgling stomach. But still just groovy as hell.

Through the course of ten tracks Haggus absolutely tear it up. Gore, Gore And…More Gore is a phenomenal mincecore, or maybe mincegore, record.  If you haven’t heard mince yet and you like grind, then this is a great introduction. Jumping into the Agathocles discography is good too (really, just pick a spot, there’s like 8 million releases). Haggus’ name is growing, and for good reason. Get gory this Monday with some great mince.

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