Black Hole Of Grindcore

 

Black Hole Of Calcutta is a four piece hailing from California and this is their second s/t album released in 2011. They’ve been quite active these last years, sharing their path with bands like Lycanthrophy and Bloody Phoenix. This album features twelve songs in twenty minutes, but you can lower the average song length taking away the first track, which lasts more than five minutes. This song is a long, sludgy mudfest, with an hooking and mesmerizing riff that could be written by one of those bands that you can describe with a lot of metaphores about swamps, New Orleans and acid fumes. The style shiftes a bit in the other eleven songs, rising the speed notch a lot, even without forgetting to add a bunch of slower sections here and there. Black Hole Of Calcutta can be easily described as “grindcore”, but that’s surely a definition full of limitations. You can hear blackened crust, modern US grindcore, straight forward punk, sludge, a bit of metal and so on. After some careful consideration I’ve made up my own way to describe their sound. Imagine that grindcore never existed. All those years passed without the Mermaid club in England, without Broderick, Dorrian, Harris, Sandoval, Walker, Jan AGx and so on. Nothing. Hardcore went on and became what it also is today. Then grindcore will see the light. Imagine that the ground for grindcore birth wasn’t Discharge, Black Flag, Septic Death, Deep Wound, Siege and so on, but bands like Protestant, Burning Love, Seven Sisters Of Sleep, Draize and, well, you know what I mean. Black Hole Of Calcutta plays a primitive kind of grindcore, full of influences coming from black metal, scandicrust and sludge, but, even if in a neanderthal way, their music is aware of all the hardcore evolution in the last twenty years. It’s like old school grindcing new school hardcore. Blackened. Bad trip. Anyway, their songs are very fast and features a good bunch of cool slower sections, which enhanches the faster ones. Guitar work is very good and it’s a good crossover between classic grindcore frantic guitars and hooking and acid sludge licks. The bass work isn’t very prominent, so it’s good to give the song a strong presence but you almost never can clearly hear the bass. Vocals are great. You can say that they’re a bit too monotonous, but Spider makes his throat explode with a raunchy, desperate and painful screming, even if it’s not too high, giving the impression of a throat busted punk trying to scream out his lungs. It’s like Black Schwarzenbach yelling as high as he can. Well, this record id very, very good and the style of Black Hole Of Calcutta can please a lot of different kinds of listeners, from the old school aficionado to the new school one. Support this band! Oh, you can also listen to it for free, how can it get better?

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~ by petetheripper on September 1, 2012.

One Response to “Black Hole Of Grindcore”

  1. Nice review. I like this record a lot, and I loved this section of the review: “I’ve made up my own way to describe their sound. Imagine that grindcore never existed. All those years passed without the Mermaid club in England, without Broderick, Dorrian, Harris, Sandoval, Walker, Jan AGx and so on. Nothing. Hardcore went on and became what it also is today.”

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