When: Sun., May 22, 7 p.m. 2016
Brooklyn trio Magrudergrind seemed like a promising force in grindcore when over a three-year span (2007-’10) they released their debut full-length, Rehashed; a self-titled follow-up; and the killer EP Crusher. That was it, though, and only a cameo appearance on Veep, of all things, served as a hint that they were still alive. Clearly someone still believes in them: their six-years-in-the-making new album, II, is on Relapse and produced by Kurt Ballou of Converge. It roars out of the speakers with a stripped-down, energy-efficient violence. Gone are the humorous bits and samples—this is all rhythm and riff power (thick and crunchy despite the lack of a bass player). Each of the 15 short, brutal tracks of no-frills, meat-and-potatoes hate hit hard and get out of the way fast. The tunes barely have time to get their vicious claws in you before they’re gone again, which might be why standout “Black Banner” is noncoincidentally the longest, at about three and a half minutes. But the album as a whole is a great exercise in being pummelled by true grind professionals.
Price: $12, $10 in advance