It’s Monday and Mondays suck, so let’s grind it out with a video premiere from Holy Grinder’s Cult of Extermination.
A few weeks back we premiered “Bile Overdose” from Toronto/Oshawa, Canada’s noisiest destroyers. The track brought what their previous release Eradicate All Scum set in motion: furious, noise saturated madness, and blasting heaviness. And before we dive into the video, let’s get into the new record.
Recorded at Ottawa, ON at Apartment 2 Recording, and mixed and mastered by Topon Das of the mighty Fuck the Facts, Cult of Extermination is a fourteen-minute pummeling, of screeches, blasts and heaviness. The intro track “Bootlicker” is a guillotine of vitriol. A brief piece that makes the band sound more pissed off than ever before. And with the following track, “Tomb of Disgust”, they solidify this. It’s like a hammer to the head.
See, Cult of Extermination likes to take its time in dishing out its bludgeoning. Tracks often fall into frantic fits of visceral rage, but it’s the heaviness and noise that pull everything together. “Violent Death” being one of the best examples of this: a track that lumbers along until it finally gets its hands around a neck and thrashes the body. The building momentum and unleashing of energy that the record goes through never loses intensity. “Secret Scum”, for example, gets downright droning with its heaviness early on. But then it just unleashes into a heavy gallop that walks between blasting, and savagery.
The final two tracks are particular standouts because they both clock in over two-minutes. The distorted voice opening up “Cult of Extermination” and the slower, almost quiet pace almost give you a break for a bit. The tempo eventually speeds up and things get really heavy though. It’s another exercise in building momentum but on a larger scale; one that leads into the final banger “False Grinder.” This is a track that holds its blasting momentum, and never relents. It’s Holy Grinder going out on their most pissed note yet and sounding evil as hell in the process.
Bottom line: if you like grind, Holy Grinder needs to be in your library. Cult of Extermination is as fierce as it is blasting, as it is heavy, as it is noisy. If you’re pissed off this Monday, get ready to throw a goddamn chair through the nearest glass window. In fact, have a few chairs ready. You might need more than one shot. Get grinding.
But if you still need convincing, there’s a video just below this text ready to batter you bloody.