In this week’s Under The Radar we’re going to take a look at two grindy death metal bands from Spain that write riffs to cut a rug to. While Gruesome Stuff Relish’s Sempiternal Death Grind and Machetazo’s Ruin both maintain the staple elements of the death and grind styles, they let loose and have a bit of fun with some groove-laden riffs that you can do The Twist to. Let’s get steppin’!
Sempiternal Death Grind
Spain’s Gruesome Stuff Relish combine an obsession with early Swedish death metal, the gore of Impetigo, and the guitar hooks of General Surgery with a Giallo horror twist on the lyrics. Basically, they’re a European extreme metal melting pot. Sempiternal Death Grind is filled with blasting grind and two-step riffs to keep the listener off balance. The dynamic songwriting can be heard on tracks like “S.O.S.” and “End Is Near.”
“They Follow Your Scent” and “Gruesome Stuff Relish” deliver similar opening riffs, but they’re so incredibly catchy that it doesn’t matter and you’re happy to hear the riff again before the album is over and you can revisit it. The vocals are spewed forth in a vomitous manner that helps separate this band from the heaps of other death/grind bands out there. The splatter in the throat adds a dynamic to this band and make the vocals an essential part of the listening experience.
Machetazo stick to the traditional deathgrind formula with their unpolished recording, Ruin. Cavernous growls are complimented by the occasional high, torturous rasp to match the barbaric riffing. With influences like Autopsy, Asphyx, and Incantation, these guys speed things up, slow it down, and everything in between.
“Tanatorio” is a great example of the band’s ability to craft dark and moody slow songs that take that non blastbeat Incantation and Asphyx influences to contrast their typically uptempo brand of deathgrind. Opener “Horca” features tremelo-picked leads that will get stuck in your head for days before the bass roars alone and the song breaks into the first verse with the grind/punk tinged rhythm riffing.
Songs like “Fauces” and “Tétrico” are two more standouts on this album with their relentless pace and infectious riffing. Machetazo don’t reinvent the wheel with Ruin, but just keep the wheel rolling and there’s nothing wrong with that.
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