Sunday, 12 February 2012

Scumdogs - Doggie Style Grindcore cassette


Tracklist:-

1. Intro
2. (In)conciencia catastofica
3. Vaticano Macabro
4. Amenaza Policiaca
5. Violento Ataque Cristofobico
6. Atrocidades Religiosas
7. Mutiladores
8. Extincion Humana (la unica solucion)
9. Suenos Misantropicos
10. La Cabeza Del Presidente
11. Negocio Sangriento
12. Deicidio
13. La Confusion Del Rebano
14. Absurda Prohibicion
15. Dios Dinero
16. Genocidio Divino
17. Spit The Fucking Cross
18. Poisoner (Unholy Grave cover)

I've been reviewing a lot of grindcore recently, mainly because I've been unearthing and exploring a lot of new bands that I wasn't aware of and have been digging deeper into the DIY and underground scenes that make up the lower echelons of the metal pyramid.

I got asked to review this cassette by Mexican grind band Scumdogs a while ago, and have only just got around to posting it up. Like their cassette, Doggie Style Grindcore, I tried to keep it short and sweet.

Doggie Style Grindcore is made up of eighteen songs and spans a little over 15 minutes. The intro is a mid-paced, grooving precursor to the grinding chaos that awaits. Very few songs on this cassette are over a minute long, and the majority of tracks are sung in Mexican, so it sounds even more brutal.

The production is raw, but you can still hear all the instruments, especially with cymbals being pretty prominent and the vocals coming up over the top of it all. I've been listening to a lot of grind recently, especially different types, to try and get some variation and perspective on it. I'm pleased to say that there is variation amongst the frenetic pace of this cassette, like the pace changes in fifth song Violento Ataque Cristofobico. Scumdogs show that they are not just all about the rabid speed and are able to throw different influences into their music. It's thanks to these slower sections that make this particular song one of the longest on the record, even if it's only a minute and a half.

There is variation in the vocals too, with dual high/low growls amongst the grooving chug, like in seventh song Mutiladores. Towards the middle of Doggy Style Grindcore, the pace does increase and the band rip through three songs in a little over a minute and a half. This is quite nuts. The relentless pace and buzzsaw guitar can become dizzying, but then Grindcore was never meant to be easy on the ear!

This is exactly what I pictured grind to be when I first became aware of such bands, records jam packed with as many, speeding songs as the band could fit on a record. Those people who are convinced that grind has no artistic merit, should take a step back and listen to bands like Scumdogs, as they have set their stall out and follow have a punkier vibe, which will appeal to people who are curios about the music. Heck, they even managed to throw an Unholy Grave cover in as their last song.

This is riotous fun for those who are diehard grind fans and will definitely help Scumdogs to find their place amongst the swelling ranks of bands in the genre. Plus, with some of the funniest artwork I've seen for a while, this is an all round good release.

Give Scumdogs a shout at Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Scumdogs.

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