Afgrund - Vid Helvetets Grindar
Death Metal, Grindcore
15 songs (27:20)
Release year: 2009
Reviewed by Goat

Playing a mixture of old-school Death Metal and Grindcore, Swedish trio Afgrund go for the throat with full-length number two. There’s only one song that goes over three minutes present, the majority falling between one and two minutes of blasting downtuned madness. The band are clear about what they do – imagine early Entombed sped up and mixed with Nasum, and that’s what you get here, throughout. Of course, that’s hardly a bad mixture, and if you enjoyed the last Rotten Sound especially then Afgrund deserve your attention without a doubt.

What marks Afgrund out from the usual Grindcore masses is that they’re surprisingly good at songwriting. Opening blast A Future Europe In Flames has plenty of catchy riffing to draw you in before the brutal launch into Grind territory, a mid-song breakdown helping to reveal the band’s Hardcore side. Barely two minutes later you’re listening to No-One Gives A Fuck Anymore, surprisingly varied considering the song is only a minute and four seconds long. The odd sample aside, the band’s formula is laid down pat, and whilst some songs (Forbrukningsartikel, Borja Fran Noll) are better than others, and some tracks lean more towards Swedish Death Metal than Grind, overall the album’s pretty straightforward. There’s not much Thrash in T(h)rash Vortex, say, although there is a little Sludge n’Roll in The Empire. What you see here is what you get, a perfectly solid Grind album that will please fans of the genre and send anti-Grind scum fleeing with fingers firmly in ears. That’s the way it should be.

Killing Songs :
A Future Europe In Flames, Forbrukningsartikel, Borja Fran Noll, The Empire, Karnvapenbestyckad
Goat quoted 76 / 100
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