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Various Artists - Grind Madness At The BBC (CD)

Various Artists
Grind Madness At The BBC
by Dimitris Karametros at 28 September 2009, 3:52 PM

Reviewing this compilation makes me feel like a Heavy Metal historian; let's take a look at the release note that came with the compilation and start a trip down memory lane.
If any location can claim to be the birthplace of Grindcore, the Maida Vale studio complex at the BBC in London surely can. During an explosive three-year period from 1987-1990, famed UK radio DJ John Peel invited a succession of unknown, highly extreme hardcore/punk/Metal bands, many recording for the first time, to lay down tracks to air on his national UK radio show. It seemed highly improbable at the time that the recordings would define and shape a musical movement - a movement soon to be dubbed Grindcore. Earache has obtained the rights from the BBC to release these groundbreaking radio sessions in their entirety for the first time. It's an important document which gives an insight into the earliest recorded music of the bands who later came to define the global Grindcore scene.

For those of you who do not know who John Peel was, he was an English DJ, radio presenter and journalist. He was the longest serving BBC Radio 1 DJ, broadcasting regularly from 1967 until his death in 2004. He is widely acknowledged for promoting artists in various styles including Death Metal. Peel's Radio 1 shows were notable for the regular Peel sessions, which usually consisted of four songs recorded by an artist live in the BBC studios, and which often provided the first major national coverage to bands that later would achieve great fame.

The bands that take part in this compilation are legendary, each in its own unique style. BOLT THROWER are a British Death Metal band that formed in 1986, recorded their first Peel session on 1988 resulting to their first album deal In Battle There Is No Law.
CARCASS also from England formed in 1985. They are the pioneers of the Grindcore and extreme Metal genre, they participated in their first Peel Session in 1989 where they debuted new material for their second album. EXTREME NOISE TERROR formed in 1985. The band is widely considered one of the earliest and most influential European Grindcore bands and particularly the forefathers of the Crustgrind sub-genre.

GODFLESH was formed in 1988 and are regarded as one of the pioneers of industrial Metal and 'post' Metal. INTENSE DEGREE was a superfast hardcore band. HERESY was a hardcore punk band formed in 1985, they are credited as one of the 'key' bands in the late 1980s UK hardcore scene and one of the original Grindcore bands. NAPALM DEATH formed in 1981 and defined the Grindcore genre through their blend of post punk, crust punk and Death Metal musical structures, aggressive playing, short song length, fast tempos and deep guttural vocals. UNSEEN TERROR played extreme Metal with a technical edge.
Unrefined, pure Heavy Metal sound, with guitars that make your ears bleed, drums that make you fell like walking through a warzone, vocals that come from the pits of hell, but more important true Heavy Metal, this compilation is like an audiobook of Metal history. It could serve as a lesson to younger groups that want and try to walk on the aforementioned bands' footsteps but for now only care how they look in their Facebook page. The above bands didn't possess the cutting edge sound systems, back then, but gave us a sound that made most of us Heavy metallers. This compilation will make old metallers remember and young ones learn.

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Record Label: Earache Records


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