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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Gridlink - Orphan (2011)

Band: Gridlink
Country: Hoboken, New Jersey
Style: Grindcore
Label: Hydra Head Records

Back in 2008 when I heard about Gridlink and how they put out one of the most respected grindcore records that year, I was intrigued. Upon hearing that album, all twelve minutes of it, I remember thinking, "Wow! Well that was a kick in balls." So here we are, three years later, and we finally have a new Gridlink album.
In terms of what you can expect on here, well, it's brutal, fast, an aural assault essentially. With twelve songs totaling up to just over twelve minutes, you can guess that you're getting bang for your buck on here. Each track just runs you over with no attempt to slow things down to even an understandable pace, hear tracks like Deliverables or Cargo 200. The vocals are brutal, but varied enough to make each track sound different, you'll hear high pitched wailing, guttural growls, and hardcore yells. Musically, you'll get the usual blending of spastic grindcore with technical death metal, all going at 200 miles an hour.
Overall, this is a blistering record that just floored me from start to finish. Definitely a lot more people are going to like this more than me, but I will say that it was still a good listen. Definitely look into this record if you like fast, brutal, grindcore.
Overall Score: 6.5
Highlights: Orphan, Scopedogs, Flatworlder

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