Like Gridlink? What about Absvrdist? How about Dillinger Escape Plan? Well, do we have a treat for you.
Meet A Million Dead Birds Laughing, a progressive grindcore band from Melbourne, Australia, with a band name I wish I had come up with. I wonder if GSA’s resident Australian columnist Xander Harrison has seen them. I bet they slay live.
A Million Dead Birds Laughing’s latest release is called Bloom. It seems to be a concept album revolving around Japanese samurai flicks like “Rashomon,” “Throne of Blood,” and “The Hidden Fortress,” among others. To bolster this deduction, the album art depicts a decomposed head wearing a samurai helmet being embraced by new floral life. Very metal.
The music itself is very spastic. The vocals are monstrously gutteral. Drums frantically bludgeon listeners’ ears, changing time from lightning fast blasting to wrecking ball breakdowns and mixing original, jammy polyrhythms in between.
As a guitarist, the guitars really stand out for me. Their tone is critical to the success of the band’s sound as a whole. There isn’t a saturation of distortion, and the guys laid off the gain enough to keep the clarity of individual notes paramount. It’s super refreshing to hear a grind record that accomplishes a disgusting overall sound and but totally steers clear of sounding soullessly clinical in striving for simultaneous clarity.
As a bonus, these guys create a superb soundscape with ambient synth and samples peppering the tracks of Bloom.
Give ‘em a shot. You’ll thank me later.