Sweden’s home to the finest extreme metal bands in history. From Amon Amarth, Dismember, At The Gates, Unleashed, Hypocrisy, Dark Tranquillity and The Crown, we have perhaps one of the best grindcore band’s in the genre and the scene today with Sweden’s very own Birdflesh. Since 1992, Birdflesh is a band is very highly known for their humorous lyrical content, performing live shows with props and costumes and upon hearing their music for the very first time I immediately blew my brains out of the water and went, “holy shit what have I missed out on?!” With the latest chapter into Birdflesh’s discography we have 2019’s Everlasting Spew Records of Extreme Graveyard Tornado.
Right off the bat, most of their songs bring out a Napalm Death-esque style instrumentation work while keeping the traditional and authentic sound Birdflesh is surely known for. Heavy guitar tone, grinding counterparts, insanely fast drum beat fillers and unquestionably driven dismemberment superb structures, this album is simply put, the best release these Swedish musicians have put out in recent memory. With the album clocking in about 27 minutes in duration and 24 tracks, it’s very self explanatory for a grindcore album this feels fresh, it makes the record extremely accessible in its own retrospect not because how dynamic and heavy these pieces of music is performed but rather keeping the atmosphere, diabolical compositions, songwriting, and replay value kept coming back to me to appreciate the experience hearing this front to back in its entirety.
This is more structured, complex, and highly primitive as before where it does have a old school death metal twist but more on the grindcore spectrum. Production here is think, clear and just as visceral than the last Birdflesh release but this time around, the music is just heavier if not, one of the best grindcore releases of 2019. Tracks such as Guacamolestation of the Tacorpse, Accused of Suicide, The Rise of Stupidity and Crazy Train Decapitation features barbaric, disgusting, utterly reckless and non stop headbanging action that’s disgustingly sick and this record proves that Birdflesh are indeed one of the most important Swedish bands in extreme metal when it comes to grindcore in general. If you’re fans of Wormrot, Repulsion and Cephalic Carnage, Extreme Graveyard Tornado by Birdflesh is absolutely recommended to any fans of the genre.
Overall Score: 8.5/10
Review by Jake Butler
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