The Atrocity Exhibit Re-Release Their 2012 EP Via Grindcore Karaoke Platform
For the few of you that have been living under a rock for the last couple of years (in terms of the grindcore scene, anyway) Grindcore Karaoke is an amazing record label/platform initiative headed up by Agoraphobic Nosebleed and Isis veteran J. Randall. Over a period of 2 and a half years Randall has released over 350 albums and EPs through his imprint, with new releases often only a few days apart. Every single one is up for Bandcamp‘s version of free (pay what you want) and due to grindcore’s general ethos (digital should always be free) loses money ensuring that all of these releases are free for the masses. Randall is clearly a very passionate and respectable individual within the industry, and if you had any doubt as to whether that many great bands exist out there, look no further than Grindcore Karaoke’s back catalogue.
Somehow, Randall has managed to consistently find and release great grindcore bands via his platform and he’s showing no signs of slowing down. Recently Grindcore Karaoke re-released an excellent 2012 EP from British grinders, The Atrocity Exhibit. Not many people know this, but before The Monolith‘s website surfaced we actually hosted a free and successful show in London featuring some of the hottest upcoming British grindcore talent. This was all the way back in 2011, and The Atrocity Exhibit played for us, so we’ve been following this band for quite a while.
They hail from Nottingham and cultivate a unique brand of death metal influenced grindcore, delivering neck snapping riffs with the streamlined efficiency and speed that naturally comes with the grind format. What Time The Hidden Death? blazes out of the gate and blisters through seven tracks of ear splitting mayhem, beginning with a chilling quote from the Oz tv show about people being cattle (an apt analogy) and concluding with a song that has an intense, punishing groove that when it slows down, almost feels like a sludge or stoner metal song. The Atrocity Exhibit blends enough influences from different metal subgenres that they’d be a great starting point for people who are still a little unfamiliar with grindcore.
What Time The Hidden Death? originally saw a limited release on cassette in November of last year, before being made available digitally last week. There are still some CD’s left that you can order from the band directly.