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Wormrot, Sick/Tired, War Brides, Blackbeard Recommended Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Sat., April 9, 9 p.m. 2011

I'm told that Singapore is one of the cleanest cities in the world—you can land in some real trouble for getting careless with chewing gum or cigarette butts. So of course it's also produced one of the filthiest, nastiest grindcore bands in recent memory. Upstart trio Wormrot signed to Earache in early 2010 after label head Digby Pearson heard them on a mix Andrew Childers from Grind and Punishment posted at Cosmo Lee's great metal blog, Invisible Oranges. Last spring the label reissued the band's debut, Abuse, and set up their first U.S. tour (which their manager documented in three hilarious IO posts). Last fall Wormrot took fourth place in the worldwide grindcore "tournament" decided by the readers of Childers's blog, and even Lee, who's not much of a grindcore fan, called their gig at Scion Rock Fest in March "one of the most perfect live sets I've ever seen." The band's follow-up to Abuse, called Dirge, won't see a physical release till May, but after it leaked online Earache just shrugged and treated fans to a free legitimate download, obviously confident that the more people hear of Wormrot, the more they'll want. Dirge injects fresh life (death?) into a style that can seem monotonous—the band modulates its vicious bursts of momentum with surgical precision, which is practically the only way to keep the audience on the hook in a genre that almost totally lacks choruses and melodies and barely has room for recognizable riffs. The album is an unrelenting and nearly flawless 18 minutes of sick, ballistic violence (that's, uh, 25 songs), but you won't feel time passing till the music stops and you're standing there wondering what the fuck just happened to you. —Monica Kendrick

Price: $10, 18+

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