BUMP ’N’ GRIND­CORE

MA­GRUD­ER­GRIND

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II Fol­low­ing a six-year hia­tus, grind­core trio Ma­grud­er­grind re­turn with their an­tic­i­pated Re­lapse de­but, II. But it’s like no time has passed for the Wash­ing­ton, D.C. band (now based out of Brook­lyn); the al­bum is a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion from their 2009 self-ti­tled ef­fort. Once again work­ing with Con­verge’s Kurt Ballou, II fea­tures 15 vi­cious tracks that em­body Ma­grud­er­grind’s ex­treme, caus­tic sound, which in­cor­po­rates el­e­ments of pow­ervi­o­lence and hardcore punk into a tra­di­tional grind ap­proach. Each track is a blaz­ing fast race to the fin­ish line amidst abra­sive riffs and pum­melling drums; tracks like “Im­perium In Im­pe­rio” and “The Op­por­tunist” are par­tic­u­larly in­tense and ur­gent. The vo­cals are as harsh and angst-rid­den as ever, with pow­er­ful lyri­cal con­tent to match, tak­ing on political and so­cial is­sues. Ma­grud­er­grind still main­tain all of the vit­riol and chaos that char­ac­ter­ized their pre­vi­ous ma­te­rial, but it’s clear they have ma­tured. It all amounts to the band’s most fo­cused LP yet. (Re­lapse, re­lapse.com)

THIS ISN’T YOUR SE­COND AL­BUM, YET YOU TI­TLED IT II. DID THE BAND GO

THROUGH A RE­BIRTH OF SORTS?

Vo­cal­ist Avi Ku­lawy: Yeah, I think so. I think we re­ally fig­ured out who we were with the self-ti­tled [al­bum], and we found a real iden­tity, a ma­ture iden­tity. I started the band when I was like 16 years old and I was al­ways in­flu­enced by fast­core and pow­ervi­o­lence, and as we ma­tured we went more to­wards the tra­di­tional grind­core route.

WHAT IS THIS AL­BUM ABOUT, LYRI­CALLY?

I al­ways try to let the reader kind of fig­ure out, dig into and dis­cover what I’m truly talk­ing about. I have very strong political, so­cial and anti-religious ideas that I don’t nec­es­sar­ily want to im­pose on other peo­ple. So the lyrics kind of touch on all those dif­fer­ent top­ics. Some are more up­front and not re­ally cryp­tic, like we have a song about gay mar­riage and gay rights, and it’s ba­si­cally talk­ing about how ho­mo­pho­bia is ram­pant within our ju­di­cial sys­tem in the U.S. Oth­ers are more am­bigu­ous and cryp­tic, but I want peo­ple to dig in and un­der­stand and do re­search to fig­ure out what the hell I’m talk­ing about. DENISE FAL­ZON

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