The Best Grindcore Album

1.  Cattle Decapitation - The Anthropocene Extinction 316
2.  Napalm Death - Apex Predator - Easy Meat 153
3.  Fuck The Facts - Desire Will Rot 16
4.  Antigama - The Insolent 15
5.  Cloud Rat - Qliphoth 13
6.  Unrest - Grindcore 9
7.  Okazaki Fragments - Abandoned 6
8.  Implore - Depopulation 5
9.  Beaten To Death - Unplugged (write-in vote) 4
  The Kill - Kill Them... All 4
11.  Captain Cleanoff - Rising Terror 3
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550




Antigama - The Insolent

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Antigama have always taken a unique approach to grindcore, somehow finding the time to test out new combinations of sounds and interlacing musical units while joyfully barreling along at breakneck speed. God help us all if somebody starts using the phrase "progressive grindcore" in earnest, but this putrid Polish posse has always had some extra tricks up its sleeve. The Insolent may be more on the conventional side of things than Antigama's past material, but it's still sui generis.

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Captain Cleanoff - Rising Terror

Captain Cleanoff play grindcore with the low end fully intact. Rising Terror owes as much to Swedish death metal as it does to the usual hardcore punk feedback factories. These drongo bastards have a much earthier, meatier sound than a lot of grindcore on the market, and it makes Rising Terror a rewarding 21 minutes. Grindcore isn't really supposed to sound competent, but this sure does.

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Cattle Decapitation - The Anthropocene Extinction

Cattle Decapitation is one of those rare bands that manages to combine all of metal's most utterly vile, brutal, and terrifying tropes into one vomitorious noise bastard. It seemed impossible to improve on Monolith Of Inhumanity, but The Anthropocene Extinction sure makes it difficult to hold onto that notion. Every member of the band does his damnedest to outpace himself and offset his bandmates, resulting in a bloody whirlwind of inhuman shrieks, jagged time shifts, and frenetic instrumental genocide. If there's one album guaranteed to kill all humans, it's The Anthropocene Extinction.

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Cloud Rat - Qliphoth

There is always a sensitive side in all extreme things and Cloud Rat demonstrate that brilliantly with their mature style of grindcore. Qliphoth is an incredibly angry album, but this anger comes off as touching at points. This could be due to the highly desperate vibes provided by the vocals and the slower atmospheric sections prior to the storm. Grindcore can be more than just a violent session of blastbeats and micro-songs. So don't be afraid to get all the feels, grindheads!

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Fuck The Facts - Desire Will Rot

Canada's crass noise peddlers seem to care as little as ever about being presentable, and Desire Will Rot boldly kicks its way about the edges of noise and sanity with little regard for order. But they do have a soft spot for us, ultimately, and some of these compositions are surprisingly thoughtful. Three songs of considerable length account for half the album - one nearly eight minutes, which is somewhere between illegal and sacrilegious for grindcore, and in fact they're largely atmospheric pieces. There's a lot more to Fuck The Facts than meets the eye.

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Implore - Depopulation

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Implore turned a lot of heads last year with their Black Knell EP, and now they've returned with their official debut to make good on the promises they made. Depopulation lives up to its name, bulldozing a path through swaths of innocent victims like the giant, crusty behemoth that it is. This is precise, focused, and lethal - it rips up a violent storm, but never loses its head in all the chaos. Implore have proven that they are capable of great things, not the least of which is living up to hype.

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Napalm Death - Apex Predator - Easy Meat

There's no bigger name in grindcore than Napalm Death, and Apex Predator - Easy Meat is just the latest in a long string of reasons why that is. After a foreboding intro of industrial mangling, the tremendous "Smash A Single Digit" explodes into being like a supernova and leads into a ferocious storm of musical havoc. Age and status mean nothing to Napalm Death; they still wail, smash, and thunder away better and louder than any newcomers on the streets these days.

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Okazaki Fragments - Abandoned

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You blink and you might miss it. The 22-minute release of these Canadians is a marvelous journey through madness and an astonishing performance to boot. Their brand of deathgrind is highly technical and dissonant, twisting and turning with every riff. Given that this is only their debut, the results are even more impressive.

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The Kill - Kill Them... All

The legal term is "assault with intent to commit grindcore." Kill Them... All is violent, bone-snapping, and musically vulgar even by grind standards, with an extra dose of thrash to cover the backbone in plate armor. Whether it's striding psychopathically through a plate glass window or joyriding through the killing fields, The Kill's latest blood offering is bound to satisfy the noise-craving sadist in all of us.

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Unrest - Grindcore

Grindcore. A little on the nose, maybe, but wholly accurate. It's fast, it's incomprehensible, and it's full of hardcore punk riffs played with death metal ferocity. Unrest play old school grindcore and they play it like a freight train. There's nothing else to be said.

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