Grim Observations: BrucexCampbell – Los Angeles Noisecore (2015)

This release compiles two releases on a single cassette, which makes me glad I’ve got a digital copy here. I’m not quite an audiophile, but I know that I’d prefer digital to that of a tape any day. As a man who used to record from CD to Tape all the time back when I was younger, I never felt the sound quality was all that appealing – at least not when compared to a CD. It just sounded a little warmer than I’d like and had less definition. As far as this album goes, you get two “right in your fucking face” grind records that don’t let up until you’re on the ground. Hail To The King sounds more like brutal death than punky grind, even though there are still some pun riffs to be found in the mix if you listen hard enough. As most grind releases contain a lot of kick drumming or just overall pounding on the kit, it’s quite easy to confuse them in the world of brutal death while in some sort of strange stupor. Personally, these guys sound like they’d demolish the stage live and I think that’s the kind of attitude people want to see in that atmosphere. Most of the tracks sound roundabout the same until “Crushed Beneath The Great Weight Of Hate” (2:24) slows things down with a doomy pace, leading into “Delusional Pvk” (2:23) which brings in some groove elements. Much in the vein of Napalm Death, Pig Destroyer and early Cattle Decapitation, BrucexCampbell (Is the “X” for copyright purposes? It’s not featured on the cover itself.) deliver a brand of grind that will surely evolve far beyond that in the years to come. There’s actually some promise here and I’d recommend that you check it out.

(12 Tracks, 30:00)

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