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The Albums That Invented Grindcore

The Albums That Gorily Gave Birth To Grindcore

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Grindcore, possibly the most unpalatable sub-genre in Heavy Metal, had to start somewhere and while scene legends Napalm Death, Brutal Truth, Nasum, Pig Destroyer etc may have gained Grindcore its notoriety over the years, it’s the roots of Grindcore that are under examination here and the birthplace of Grind began way back in the mid 80’s.

Relying on intensely fast beats, the harshest downtuned riffs, savagely raw vocals and micro-blasts of pure grinding nihilism, Grindcore evolved from Hardcore Punk’s snarling foundations; naturally descending from Anarcho-Punk, Crust-Punk and D-Beat.

We’ve gone with order of release on this one, those selected are Grindcore’s forefathers and ratings and rankings are unnecessary, just consider this as a guide to the albums that invented Grindcore and changed the face of Extreme Metal in the process.

If we’ve forgotten any, stick ’em in the comments below…let’s talk Grind!

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27 Comments on The Albums That Invented Grindcore

  1. Grind_Fanatix // March 22, 2015 at 6:53 am // Reply

    You forgot Impetigo and Radiation Sickness!

    • Chris Jennings // March 23, 2015 at 3:52 pm // Reply

      I think Grindcore was fully formed by the time Impetigo came on the scene, great band though. Radiation Sickness I always considered to be a Death/Thrash crossover band \m/

  2. Great article! Well done man 😀

  3. This album is killer old school grind! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWf4uJNZIBY

  4. Astral Zombie // March 24, 2015 at 5:08 pm // Reply

    Missing DRI’s Dirty Rotten LP/Dealing With It is criminal, as they were a huge influence.

    • Chris Jennings // April 12, 2015 at 8:56 pm // Reply

      An influence maybe but I wouldn’t consider either releases as albums that invented Grindcore….still great albums mind \m/

  5. In answer to your question “Has a band or album ever been more appropriately titled?”: yes, becasue this is the album that ENT got inspired to name their band: http://www.discogs.com/L%C3%A4rm-Extreme-Noise-Terrorism/release/1929423

  6. I stand corrected: not that specific release, but the song extreme noise terrorist by Lärm.

  7. “Holland’s Lärm was a band that had something for everybody: sincere leftist politics, a strong straight edge philosophy, a lighthearted, humorous attitude, and most importantly devastating music played at never-before-heard speeds. They played “extreme noise” style: short, fast, and out of tune. The band known as Lärm evolved from other projects sometime around 1984. The line-up was Olav on drums, Paul on guitar, Jos on bass, and Dorien on vocals. The three boys had previously been in a band called the Sextons. Their 1981 demo was recorded before Olav had a drumset, so he played the chairs (this can be heard on the Lärm discography CD). The original Lärm line-up went by the name Total Chaoz. Soon after the name change they added a second singer, Menno, to the mix. Paul would later say that the Lärm philosphy was “start a fucking band no matter if you can play your instruments or not.” That DIY spirit was part of what made Lärm so special. Because they were still learning their instruments, they adopted a style of playing that centered on playing very fast, noisy, short songs. At their first show the sound man asked them when they were going to fix the guitar amp and start playing actual songs. When they answered that they liked the guitar sound and had just played three songs, he shut off the PA and went to get something to eat.”


  8. What are your views on Nuclear Death, Deadlock, and other bands listed here?: https://rateyourmusic.com/genre/grindcore

  9. Yourenotevil // March 24, 2015 at 5:50 pm // Reply

    The drop dead demo was recorded in 84. 3 songs got used on the kill the bacteria comp on 85. The demo was never released in whole until 93, but it was booted many times before that. Terrorizer was not a supergroup either. Shane from napalm death was obsessed with the demos and convinced earache to put up the money to record the album. The band was already over and Vincent was merely a session player and they never toured for this lp. Morbid angel was already firmly established when this came out as well.

  10. What about agathocles Form belgium? Great Band an Alice and kicking for nearly 30 yet. Or blood from germany?also active for Mord than 25 years.

  11. Larm, Patareni, Agathocles,Intense Degree, Elector Hippies, ect

  12. Rodrigo Chã // March 25, 2015 at 12:31 am // Reply

    released in 1985 – Brigada do Ódio from Brazil should be on that list too… they recorded a split with Olho Seco (botas fuzis e capacetes). I don’t know if they were the first grindcore band to record an album, but still very important and obscure. check it:

  13. Joe Meadowcroft // April 6, 2015 at 10:14 pm // Reply

    Why Napalm Death’s 2nd album and not Scum?

  14. They forgot 2 american bands that were a pre-cursor to grindcore, Cryptic Slaughter and Wehrmacht..

  15. DOOM? What about Doom? They should be on this list…no?

  16. Erm…Scum? I mean, ok have FETO on there but Scum is way more important.

  17. I would refer also Impetigo, Agathocles and Afflicted Convulsion.
    Thanks for your article, Chris!

  18. Henry F Clark // April 15, 2015 at 9:27 pm // Reply

    Drop Dead (Siege) was recorded and released (as a Demo Tape) in 1984, not 1986. Also, Siege’s Clense the Bacteria tracks were recorded later that same year (’84). But thanks for the mention!
    -Henry F Clark
    (aka Hank McNamee)
    Siege bassist

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