Fast-rising metallic hardcore/grindcore group Escuela Grind have streamed their new single ‘All Is Forgiven’, taken from their new album, Memory Theater, set for release on 30 September via the band’s new label home of MNRK Heavy. Pre-order Memory Theater now here: HERE
Described by the band as “a skull cracker”, the video for ‘All Is Forgiven’ is directed by Michael JariDavidson (AliceinChains), and blends reality with virtual reality.
Produced by Converge guitarist/ God City producer Kurt Ballou, Escuela Grind‘s Memory Theater features nine tracks of sharp, scorching underground music that rage and rip in equal measure. Escuela Grind excel at stitching together a new metallic hardcore monster, borne from the rotten corpses of grind and power violence and littered with gleefully unhinged blasts of percussive bombast and chaos.
The music might be terrifying, but the overwhelming spirit behind Escuela Grind is a message of empowerment. As it destroys musical boundaries, the quartet attack the idea of “gatekeeping” with equal ferocity. Any time KaterinaEconomou (vocals), Jesse Fuentes (drums), Kris Morash (guitar), and Tom Sifuentes (bass, touring) convene, an aural apocalypse will ensue.
Memory Theater, Escuela Grind‘s sophomore album, is seven minutes shorter than Slayer’s Reign in Blood, but with a few songs running past the three-minute mark, it’s downright epic by grindcore norms. Delivering on the promise of several split records, a handful of EPs (including GGRRIINNDDCCOORREE and PPOOWWEERRVVIIOOLLEENNCCEE, both released in 2020), and the full-length, Indoctrination, the nine songs on Memory Theater offer a near-psychedelic trip to the genre’s soul. The album title references a specific historical concept, constructing a “space” from one’s internal ideas, knowledge, and perception. An architect by trade, Economou explores philosophy, politics, and experiential experimentation, building a kind of structure amidst the band’s musical cacophony.
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