The end game, the final unit. The last GRIDLINK record. Recorded over five days in Kyoto, Japan, “Longhena” is a twenty-three minute grindcore opus made real through the emotional ferocity and painstaking calculation of Jon Chang (DISCORDANCE AXIS), Bryan Fajardo (PHOBIA, PLF, KILL THE CLIENT, NOISEAR), Takafumi Matsubara (DISCORDANCE AXIS, HAYAINO DAISUKI) and Teddy Patterson (BURNT BY THE SUN, HUMAN REMAINS, HAYAINO DAISUKI). / Selfmadegod Records
One of the best, technical releases of 2014. Stream and buy here:
United States, Selfmadegod Records, Technical Grindcore
Unfortunately for the thinking metalhead, the 24-minute Longhena marks the end of a career of unyielding technicality for these veterans of grind. On the positive side, Gridlink’s third full-length blasts their career to a spacious peak due to an increase in variety, making the album more memorable yet no less sharp.
The slicing chaos on Longhena, as well as past records Orphan and Amber Gray, poignantly awakens listeners to their cluttered lives. This full-force sonic destruction mirrors the omnipresent, full sensory inundation of advertisement and influences pushing people to consume and assimilate. Longhena‘s dialog of organized madness forces listeners to reflect on a world that wants our money, our time, our future, our very individuality. Continue reading Review: Gridlink – Longhena→
2013 was a very solid year for technical music. However, that was yesteryear, and here at TDM.com we are already looking for new ways to scramble our brains, mentally and physically, in 2014. Here are some of the records I am most looking forward to mathing my face off with in the first quarter:
Although 2012’s Entity didn’t garner the pangalactic praise of 2009’s Antithesis, the re-fortified quartet shows no sign of hanging up their brooms or powershredders. At the time of posting, Origin had just finished recording the new album. No doubt the over-the-top technicality will cause us to stare into the abyss and reflect on the human condition, and its insignificance, as it has in years past.