Published Apr 29, 2016The origin story of Grindmother has rather more to do with memes that the average band's creation: Corrupt Leaders member Rain Forest invited his mother to perform guest vocals on the track "Any Cost," and her impassioned, guttural and extremely compelling performance made a video of her screams an internet sensation.
Beyond the viral video appeal of her initial performance, however, it was clear that the woman could really scream, and her collaboration with her son started to become an incredibly productive one. Soon, she was christened Grindmother, and was recording an album (writing the lyrics as well as performing them), and now we live in a world where Age of Destruction exists. The record's a meditation on a world that seems to be consistently getting worse, from abuse of the environment to various other societal ills, and the simmering rage that infuses every moment is both genuine and deeply cathartic. There's a particular kind of maturity that infuses "Manufactured" and "Media Spin," a world-weariness that suits the grind aggression extremely well.
It's unusual to find grind that is this weirdly thoughtful, and paired with the quality of the performance, it's downright refreshing. Far more than a gimmick, Grindmother are an important new voice in the genre, shaking up the world and demanding change from a very different perspective that the typical young male discontent. Rage on, madam. (Independent)