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Teethgrinder - Dystopia

by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 10 August 2022, 1:17 PM

We live in a time when many bands are trying to mix different elements to bring something new out of the dark to have a unique form of music, to make something without resemblance with others. It’s because the different ones have a better chance to have commercial success, or it’s a personal form of saying ‘fuck off’ to the models and to follow your own ideas without any compromise. And the Dutch quartet TEETHGRINDER seems to be in the second, as stated by “Dystopia”.

Fuzzy, dirty and distorted, their music presents a mix of elements that goes from bits of Industrial Metal to Grindcore embodiment, of Doom Metal slow tempos to Black Metal shrieks, with a nasty and abrasive influence of Groove Metal in some moments, so it’s not as easy to label their musical work, and their appeal reminds a bit the form of working of LÁSTIMA from Brazil. But’s different and good, and needs some time to be completely assimilated by the fans, so give your brain a chance and try to decipher what is being offered by the quartet on this chaotic, dystopic and massive work. It’s really a very good experience. Even having a fuzzy and distorted appeal to sound noisy and experimental, the production worked in a form to make things defined, so it’s not hard to understand what’s being played. But be prepared, because it’s heavy, brutal and really massive.

As mentioned above, things can shift from one minute to other, so be prepared. But to have a first time on the quartet’s work, one must take a careful listening on “Ascendance” (it works as a maelstromic into due its abrasive slow rhythm combined with Industrial vocals), “Birthed into Suffering” (a combination of a Grindcore set of fast tempos with nasty screamed shrieks, and what very good guitar riffs and arrangements), “Blood Ritual” (another moment when Grindcore and Black Metal are mixed, with a strong rhythmic sustain given by bass guitar and drums), “Disgrace” (full of extreme hooks, it shows a blend of Hardcore/Punk influences with Black Metal hooks), “God Complex” (a chaotic Grindcore rhythm flows in the song, but be prepared to pay attention to some very good guitars and the Noisecore-like ending), “Cloaked” (a long and abrasive song, with slow paced tempos as old BLACK SABBATH would play Noisecore, with very good screamed vocals), and to the contrasts that fill “Dystopia”.

Once more: TEETHGRINDER’s work isn’t so hard to understand, but it demands attention. So give a chance to you your ears and listen to “Dystopia”, and be prepared to love it or hate it.

Songwriting: 8
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 8
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

1. Ascendance
2. Birthed into Suffering
3. Worthless
4. Blood Ritual
5. Disgrace
6. Our Failing Species
7. God Complex
8. Cloaked
9. As I Believe the World to Be, So It Is
10. Dystopia
Jonathan Edwards - Vocals
Mart Wijnholds - Guitars
Jabe Piter Faber - Bass, Backing Vocals
Wieger Jan Scheper - Drums
Record Label: Lifeforce Records


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