Escuela Grind – GGRRIINNDDCCOORREE Review

One and a half minutes…

Ninety seconds…

Release date: June 7, 2020. Label: Self-released.
In that same amount of time, you could be three-quarters of the way through brushing your teeth to American Dental Association specifications. You could reheat leftovers from last night’s dinner in your handy-dandy microwave oven. At a leisurely pace, you could walk approximately 120 yards (or meters, if you’re fancy). You could watch the entire Mike Tyson vs. “Hurricane” McNeeley fight. You could somersault into 96 pairs of underpants and break this world record.

Or you could go to grind school.

The second in Escuela Grind’s four-part “Ode To Tradition” EP series, the surprise-released GGRRIINNDDCCOORREE partners with the PPOOWWEERRVVIIOOLLEENNCCEE EP that came out in January, and it’s pretty much what you’d expect from the title and the concept and the band. It’s a throwback to ugly and wonderful classic grindcore: three songs, none longer than forty-five seconds, and all filled with unrelenting blast beats, raw and gnarly guitar tones churning through simple but potent riffs, and all of that topped with Katerina Economou’s socio-politically charged howling. Whereas the earlier EP was clearly and pointedly indebted to Crossed Out and the Slap-A-Ham crew, GGRRIINNDDCCOORREE focuses on the other side of the line, a riffier and less punk-ish approach, following the skull-smashing lead of your Insect Warfares and your (early) Napalm Deaths.

Escuela Grind’s lone full-length Indoctrination is one of the finest and funnest grind releases of 2020 so far, with hints of both Slap-A-Ham and Earache, a record that feels both old-school and yet undeniably imbued with the spirit of the young. Compared to that LP, GGRRIINNDDCCOORREE is every bit as aggressive, every bit as destructive, and understandably less adventurous — it’s more a tribute than a statement, after all, so it has a certain set of shoes to fill. Regardless, these two new EPs function perfectly as companion pieces, a means for Escuela Grind to explore individual facets of their influences in a more focused fashion, and I’m certainly intrigued to hear what they have in mind for the remaining two to come.

One and a half minutes. Ninety seconds.

Half the time it took you to read this review…

In that time, you could surf right on over to Escuela Grind’s Bandcamp page, and even though both GGRRIINNDDCCOORREE and PPOOWWEERRVVIIOOLLEENNCCEE are Name Your Price, you could still kick the band a few extra shekels which they, in turn, have pledged to donate to Black Lives Matter-related charities. So also, in that time, you can help a good band fight the good fight.

One and a half minutes…

Ninety seconds…

What’s taking you so long? Go get your grind on.

Posted by Andrew Edmunds

Last Rites Co-Owner; Senior Editor; born in the cemetery, under the sign of the MOOOOOOON...

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