Ah yes, it's finally that time. I've discussed my love for the "edgy" forms of hardcore often, constantly citing powerviolence, screamo, fastcore, and crust as the superior forms of the genre. After all they're the least "bro"-y of all the styles, less full of Hitler-youth-esque guys in Nike Air Maxes in camo shorts than the other genres (PV has always been more of a "you bet there's a skull drawn in my notebook" type look). In fact I've often embraced those styles due to their rejection of the hardcore bro, their ability to remain fiercely independent in the face of senseless 90's worship and rejection of some of the more intense aspects of straight edge. That is, however, all about to change as we delve deep into the style that spawned all the horrible hardcore "fashion" that so many awkward 20-something men, fresh off their warped tour phase, have adopted in a vain attempt to prove their masculinity. I'm talking of course about Youth Crew, where shirts aren't necessary but the incessant need for gang vocals and floor-tom heavy breakdowns are.
Unless you've been living completely under a rock (or just don't listen to grindcore, who knows), you've most likely heard of Magrudergrind some time in the past 15 years. And all with good reason, of course. The band mixes a rapid fire grindcore style with a healthy dose of powerviolence, adding some truly sludgy, groovy breakdowns in between their blast beats for a fully vicious, infectious musical attack. The band further expands on this formula on their new record II, which shows a slightly more mature, rounded out Magrudergrind then ever before. We spoke with guitarist R.J. Ober about the making of II, their signing to Relapse Records, and the grindcore/powerviolence scene at large.
With first Rape Revenge gone, then Punch, and now Weekend Nachos, it seemed almost as if the era of grindviolence was coming to an end, as if something beautiful and majestic was being lost. After all, three of the sub-subgenres finest were gone and, even with Magrudergrind returning to unleash a new wave of audible hellfire later this year, a hole was created, one that seemingly could not be filled. That is until, of course, through carefully scrolling through the powerviolence tag on bandcamp, I stumbled upon Brisbane, Australia's own Manhunt. Suddenly it seemed as if there could be hope in a world where there was none, as if "true" powerviolence fans once again had another band to complain about while secretly listening along on their iPods.
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