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Yellowgoat: Joel Grind The Yellowgoat Sessions

Not content with being the mastermind behind recent Thrash sensations Toxic Holocaust, Joel Grind has, ground out a selection of tracks in his main band's downtime, which come across as intentionally thirty years out of date. In fact for those whose first concern is sonic clarity and cutting edge production, Grind's words should come as warning when he says "If you are looking for over-produced shit that passes as 'metal' today, this is NOT for you". Take heed, he's right. If you fret over how many bits your download is running at, or on whether to shell out on those mega expensive cables to connect up your speakers, then the dirty, fuzzed up glargh which rumbles dementedly during the Yellowgoat Sessions will scare and scar you witless. This has low budget, low frills, low tech daubed right through it.

However if instead you hanker after ghoulish blasts which hark back to the ground breaking days of Slayer or even Bathory and if the early fuck everyone attitude of Motorhead still reverberates through your heart, then you'll find much here to rekindle the less precision obsessed, dare I say more honest fare you hanker after. Grind plays all the instruments and it has to be said he handles it all with unflashy, yet gut wrenching style.

Considering the vibe he's aiming for, there no surprise that Grind is operating under short sharp shock tactics here, the early Slayerisms of "Cross Damnation", Bathory like "Grave Encounter" and the almost punked up metal of "Black Order" all content to go about their horrible business without overstaying their simplistic welcome. For many this will be too much of a homage to days gone by and too faithful in its attempts to erase the past few decades. However with that being the intention, it is impossible to suggest The Yellowgoat Sessions don't hit in the exact way hoped for. Although what a younger audience will make of it I'm not quite sure.

If this is what Joel Grind does with his downtime, then here's hoping he has a few more days to slaughter soon.

Track Listing
1. Ascension (intro)
2. Hell's Master Of Hell
3. Vengeance Spell
4. Foul Spirit Within
5. Cross Damnation
6. Grave Encounters
7. Black Order
8. The Eternal One
9. Hail To Cruelty
10. Descension (outro)

Added: October 12th 2013
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: Hell's Headbangers
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Language: english

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