Pharmacist – Carnal Pollution (2021)

What if Carcass had gone in a direction like Napalm Death with its post-Reek of Putrefaction material, instead of getting increasingly lighter? While billed as a goregrind band, Pharmacist comes more from the school of a technical version of later Carcass that integrates the heavy percussive aspects of mid-1990s death metal.

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Mentors / Elbow Deep – Trash Party (2018)

Hanging out on the edge of the thrash genre with MOD and SOD, the Mentors represented the side of thrash that took thematically after punk; most thrash either placed metal riffs in punk songs (Cryptic Slaughter, Suicidal Tendencies, Fearless Iranians From Hell) or punk riffs in metal songs (DRI, Dead Horse) and took after one of the two thematically, but the Mentors kept the party and sleaze side of punk alive.

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Brain Corrosion / Ripped to Shreds – Exhumed From Eastern Tombs (2020)

This split album showcases high intensity grindcore and old school death metal with a speed metal pace, with Brain Corrosion demonstrating an inventive approach toward varying conventional grindcore patterns and working in touches of melody, while Ripped to Shreds sounds like Nunslaughter executed by Slaughter Lord, using a high-energy approach to a crossover between traditional heavy metal and fast death metal.

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Abatuar – Mortandad (2020)

Welcome to the territory created by Blood, Impetigo, and Repulsion where grindcore takes on darker themes, outside of the daylight world of politics and personal sentiment, seeming to pursue more of the occult vein of death metal. Abatuar sounds like early Napalm Death, Blood, and Total Death era Darkthrone blended.

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