Review: Rumpelstiltskin Grinder – Living For Death, Destroying The Rest [2009]

Amazon Rumpelstiltskin GrinderFortified with a well-rounded extreme metal assault, the sophomore release by Philadelphia, PA’s Rumpelstiltskin Grinder merges classic metal aspects with a blistering delivery on the 10-track LIVING FOR DEATH DESTROYING THE REST. Meshing galloping black metal, thrash metal guitar runs, beatdown breakdowns, death metal rhythmic devastation and a hardcore punk attitude (“Revolution of Underground Legions”), this quartet’s versatility warrants automatic crossover appeal (“Beware The Thrash Brigade,” “Fiends in the Mountains, Ghouls in the Valley”). Putting modern spins on sounds from thrash’s golden age (“Darkness Never Ending”) while injecting a bastardized sci-fi by way of horror movie lyrical slant that gives off a charming storyteller-like vibe and permits a form of chaos made famous by the likes of SOD (“Spyborg”), RSG’s stylistic switch ups will keep you guessing while their persistent headbanging crunch manages to project a vibe that is both seriously furious and a whole lot of fun. www.relapse.comMike SOS

4 StarsRumpelstiltskin Grinder is Matt Moore (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar), Ryan Moll (Lead Guitar), Shawn Riley (Bass/Vocals), & Pat Battaglia (Drums, Percussion)

Track Listing:

  1. “Nothing Defeats The Skull”
  2. “Graveyard Vandalization”
  3. Brainwasher C.1655″
  4. “Friends In The Mountain, Ghouls In The Valley”
  5. “Spyborg”
  6. “Traitor’s Blood”
  7. “Beware The Thrash Brigade”
  8. “Sewers Of Doom (Dethroning The Tyrant Part 1)”
  9. “Darkness Never Ending (Dethroning The Tyrant Part 2)”
  10. “Revolution Of Underground Legions (Dethroning The Tyrant Part 3)”
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