Blast Worship: Scud

Where they from?
Rehovot, Israel. Baseball season starts this Thursday, so I figured I’d make some predictions (please don’t ask about my Stanley Cup predictions — fucking Islanders). It’s so hard with baseball because the postseason truly feels so arbitrary so I guess I’ll just swing for the fences and say the Padres beating the Blue Jays in the World Series. Also, the Mariners will make the playoffs and the Yankees won’t.

Why the hype?
Damn, it’s been a while since I reviewed something that had this much OOMPH to it (‘OOMPH’ being a highly technical term for kickassness). It’s funny how much these Israeli grinders sound like they come from Washington D.C., as their music is highly reminiscent off the grinding hardcore first doled out by bands like Magrudergrind, Needle and Deliriant Nerve. All the riffs twist and turn in that snarky mid-Atlantic way before imploding into serious beatdowns that bring to mind bloody noses and broken beer bottles in bleak Baltimore basements.

Latest Release?
Scud, out now on Rat Covenant Records. The band does a Pentagram cover on this record and I’m going to be completely honest and just say that I didn’t know how much I needed this in my life. Who knew that mixing spooky ’80s doom metal with grindcore production and OOMPH would make for such a combustible formula? The crazy part is, it’s not even the most serious beatdown on this record. Check out the opening to “Infesting Clockwise” and try not to imagine the Chicken Man punching you in the face.