Exactly one month ago I reviewed Grassroll’s EP, Gorilla Sized Social Problems. For those of you who need to clean the bong resin out of your brains to remember, they’re a promising Greek band who splices grind and sludge together into a filthy strand of infectious, groovy heaviness. I compared them to Soilent Green, and while I still see plenty of that dirty NOLA band in their sound, they have definitely expanded their attack with three new songs recently played live:
“Aggressive Minority”: Grinding hardcore punk that captures the raw energy of early Agoraphobic Nosebleed and Benümb. Annie is particularly brutal in this song, sounding a bit like Jon Parkin from Gaza as she barks to the barbed-wire riffs and blast-beats.
“All the European Capitals In One Second”: For some reason it takes about 2 minutes to prepare for this one, which is basically a 1 (maybe 1.8) second shotgun blast of noise that reminded me of Napalm Death’s “You Suffer” off of Scum.
“Blow For Job”: Stylistically, this is most similar to the songs from their EP. Battering grind collides with blackened stoner grime to form my favorite song I have heard from them yet. This song is totally vicious and makes me anticipate the two newest songs they’ve recorded (“Urban Slaves Asphyxia” and “Punished By the Martyrs”) even more. I also want to point out that the dude headbanging in the front deserves a red velvet cupcake for being 300% more metal than the rest of the crowd. He was there to rock, and Grassroll helped him achieve that. Well done, sir.
Check out Gorilla Sized Social Problems over at Bandcamp: http://grassroll.bandcamp.com/album/gorilla-sized-social-problems
And follow them on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/grassroll