NASHGUL: Cárcava: LP

Grindcore: a genre I have yet to crack. I can manage a few bands from grindcore’s slightly more accessible brother, death metal (Death is all-time in any metal subgenre), but something about the combination of blastbeats and screaming vocals—without recognizable song structures—just leaves my ears in pain, but without the energizing payoff of the best thrashing hardcore and metal bands. All that said, the recording quality here is great and the art is fantastic, so if you even remotely dig Napalm Death, you should check this out. –Chad Williams (To Live A Lie, tolivealie.com)