GENOCIDE PACT: Forged through Domination: LP

I had a theory that grind got big for a while because, similar to psychobilly, the nuts and bolts seem easy to break down. Get a fast drummer and have your friend growl and you’ve got a grind band. I’m grind suspicious, but I love early Earache records, Napalm Death, Carcass, et cetera… Genocide Pact’s Forged through Domination is one of the best grind albums I’ve heard in a long time and shows when it’s well done, it has power. I’ve had a fan-like obsession with this record. I can’t get enough of it. If you think grind is just something you do with blast beats, this album is an education. It has heavy production, Bolt Thrower fury, and great art. If you’re into Earache ‘88 or Assück, this is a winner. Really essential. –Billups Allen (A389, a389recordings.bandcamp)