In an age of limitless revivals and mashups of metalâ€™s many subgenres, the mix of death metal and hardcore punk is one of the most interesting. Lots of bands in recent years have mixed the two while not slipping into the joke that we know as deathcore. Few bands combine them as well as Mammoth Grinder.
With their last full-length release, entitled Extinction of Humanity, Mammoth Grinder showed promise that they were definitely a band to watch. Their latest effort, Underworlds, delivers on that promise.
Underworlds continues with the crushing hardcore sound of Extinction of Humanity, but itâ€™s not just a rehash. Underworlds takes the last album and improves on it. The vocals sound much better, as they are now far more forceful and have a better place in the mix. The guitars have an excellent dirty tone without distorting whatâ€™s being played. The production is much clearer, which allows all the instruments to really cut through and stand out, which was a problem on their last record.
Underworlds showcases the band exploring some of their doom metal influences too, with a few tracks, like â€œMoral Cruxâ€ slowing down and maintaining their crushing weight. They definitely excel at it and itâ€™s a direction Iâ€™d like to see them head more in the future. There are also a lot more guitar solos on this album, which are always a nice treat as Mammoth Grinder pulls them off.
Definitely check this out if youâ€™re into bands like Black Breath or Xibalba, I highly recommend it.
On a side note, I’d like to mention how badass that album art is. Props to whoever created it.