"Underworlds" (Buck Spin; 2013)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Mammoth Grinder are grind, death, and thrash. What? With a name like Mammoth Grinder did you think you were going to get a disc full of butterfly wing flapping sounds? These guys are from Austin, Texas. Now, I know that Texas doesn't have earthquakes but I'm willing to bet the ground rumbles when these guys hit the stage. From the first second to the last breath, Mammoth Grinder will bore a hole right through your measly existence. Each track is full of music careening off the yelling vocals. The guitar will set the groove and then all else is up for grabs ... and that includes those who want to crowd surf, or mosh. It's your dance with the reaper; just don't misstep.

I'll admit that "Underworlds" starts to repeat itself after a while but that's okay. Thrash and grind are supposed to do just that, thrash you around and then grind you down. The guitar on this disc is heavy, really heavy. It never lets up. In fact, it gets heavier toward the end of the disc, much like a death row inmate who keeps kicking until their heart stops.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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