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Demos From The Vault #2 Scumeater | ESP Mayhem | Torn In Half | Witch Ward | Tortured Skull

On Monday, we started with the first episode of our new format Demos From the Vault and a lot of nasty stuff we hope you liked. This time and on episode #2, we continue to present some more demos we hope you enjoy when you are digging deep for some more underground stuff – coming along with more releases ranging from Punk over Grindcore to Death Metal.

Scumeater – Scumeater (Grindcore/Death Metal – Poland)

Scumeater is a caveman riff and blastbeat lover’s paradise. With a strong demo, the Polish guys recently made their debut, revealing HM2-heavy, raw grindcore that completely dispenses with flourishes and sounds as dirty as crustpunk pants look. Even if you shouldn’t expect more than solid rumble grind here, Scumeater can entertain especially with strong drumming and a few mosh parts. For me the band is definitely one of the best grindcore new discoveries in the year so far.

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ESP Mayhem – Bloodsportswear (Experimental Cybergrind – Australia)

ESP Mayhem is probably the most wicked grindcore you can find at the moment and takes the cybergrind genre to a new level. The music of the Australians consists of drums, disgusting vocals and three different synths, while guitars are completely avoided. By combining the already futuristic sound with fitting samples, this band really makes everything look like it’s from the future. Whoever celebrates Mayhem’s Future Rip Off and the artwork aesthetics will love the sound as well, I promise.

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Torn in Half – Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth (Death Metal – USA)

Torn In Half, whose new EP Basic Instructuins Before Leaving Earth will soon be released via REDEFINING DARKNESS RECORDS, show that Boston can not only do hardcore but also death metal, but not without its elements. You can expect bitter mosh death metal, that shows some influences from metallic hardcore and especially fans of Fuming Mouth or Gatecreeper should enjoy it.

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Witch Ward – Sacrificial Monolith (Black Metal/Hardcore Punk – USA)

The Americans Witch Ward is a mixture of Black Metal and Hardcore Punk, which I haven’t heard for a long time. Imagine if there was a supergroup of YAITW, Funeral Chic and Gulch, who just released their first demo Sacrificial Monolith, then you would have about the sound this new band plays. This is not for the tender hearted, as the songs are all quite raw and direct. If you like Black Metal wild and dirty, you definitely won’t waste any time with Witch Ward.

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Tortured Skull – Portentous Ruination Demo (Metalpunk – USA)

Tortured Skull in my opinion are a band that exactly sounds as the genre would suggest to an outsider. Portentous Ruination Demo delivers dull motorbike riding punk, where the interjected melodies are the only thing that causes a furore with the raw rumble. Listening to it feels a bit like you took a big sip from a bottle into which you filled a lot of groovy punk, diluted by a few sips of Motörhead and small splashes of First Wave BM.

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