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GRIND MADNESS AT THE BBC (Album Review)

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61neSZp7ZeL. SL160 Few (if any) radio shows could ever claim to challenge the legendary status of the late John Peel's THE PEEL SESSIONS on the BBC's Radio 1. Having first discovered them myself while sifting through the import CD racks of several long-gone indie record shops throughout the midwest, these little gems were live performances from some of rocks biggest names along with many underground legends and true sonic innovators.
Never afraid to break the mold while exposing listeners to new genres, Peel was a vocal supporter of the Grindcore movement, inviting several then-unknown now-legendary bands to perform in his studio from 1987-1990.  Now, Earache Records has acquired the rights to release many of these performances in their entirety for the very first time.

Collected in GRINDCORE MADNESS AT THE BBC, this 3CD set is a monster - boasting a massive 118 tracks from Napalm Death, Carcass, Bolt Thrower, Extreme Noise Terror, Heresy, Godflesh, Unseen Terror, and Intense Degree. Clocking in at 3.6 hours of chaos, and priced reasonably at $17.98 GRIND MADNESS is a must-own for any fan of extreme music.

Nearly impossible to review on a track-by-track basis, this collection presents these bands in their purest form - live without polish, raw with an intensity that makes you feel as if you're in the room witnessing the genesis of the Grindcore movement first-hand.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Track listing: 

DISC 1
1. Napalm Death - The Kill
2. Napalm Death - Prison Without Walls
3. Napalm Death - Dead
4. Napalm Death - Deceiver
5. Napalm Death - Lucid Fairytale
6. Napalm Death - In Extremis
7. Napalm Death - Blind To The Truth
8. Napalm Death - Negative Approach
9. Napalm Death - Common Enemy
10. Napalm Death - Obstinate Direction
11. Napalm Death - Life?
12. Napalm Death - You Suffer Pt.2
13. Napalm Death - Multi National Co-Operations
14. Napalm Death - Instinct Of Survival
15. Napalm Death - Stigmatised
16. Napalm Death - Parasites
17. Napalm Death - Moral Crusade
18. Napalm Death - Worlds Apart
19. Napalm Death - MAD
20. Napalm Death - Divine Death
21. Napalm Death - CS
22. Napalm Death - Control
23. Napalm Death - Walls
24. Napalm Death - Raging In Hell
25. Napalm Death - Conform Or Die
26. Napalm Death - SOB
27. Napalm Death - Unchallenged Hate
28. Napalm Death - Mentally Murdered
29. Napalm Death - From Enslavement To Obliteration
30. Napalm Death - Suffer The Children
31. Napalm Death - Retreat To Nowhere
32. Napalm Death - Scum
33. Napalm Death - Deceiver
34. Napalm Death - Social Sterility
35. Extreme Noise Terror - False Profit
36. Extreme Noise Terror - Another Nail In The Coffin
37. Extreme Noise Terror - Use Your Mind
38. Extreme Noise Terror - Carry On Screaming
39. Extreme Noise Terror - Human Error
40. Extreme Noise Terror - Conned Through Life
41. Extreme Noise Terror - Only In It For The Music Part 2
42. Extreme Noise Terror - Take The Strain
43. Extreme Noise Terror - Murder
44. Extreme Noise Terror - No Threat
45. Extreme Noise Terror - Show Us You Care
46. Extreme Noise Terror - Propaganda
47. Extreme Noise Terror - System Enslavement
48. Extreme Noise Terror - Only In It For The Music Part 3
49. Extreme Noise Terror - Work For Never
50. Extreme Noise Terror - Subliminal Music (Mind Control)
51. Extreme Noise Terror - People Not Profit
52. Extreme Noise Terror - Punk Fact Or Faction
53. Extreme Noise Terror - I Am A Bloody Fool
54. Extreme Noise Terror - In It For Life
55. Extreme Noise Terror - Deceived
56. Extreme Noise Terror - Shock Treatment

DISC 2
57. Carcass - Crepitating Bowel Erosion
58. Carcass - Slash Dementia
59. Carcass - Cadaveric Incubator Of Endo Parasites
60. Carcass - Reek Of Putrefaction
61. Carcass - Empathological Necroticism
62. Carcass - Foeticide
63. Carcass - Fermenting Innards
64. Carcass - Exhume To Consume
65. Bolt Thrower - Forgotten Existence
66. Bolt Thrower - Attack In The Aftermath
67. Bolt Thrower - Psychological Warfare
68. Bolt Thrower - In Battle There Is No Law
69. Bolt Thrower - Drowned In Torment
70. Bolt Thrower - Eternal War
71. Bolt Thrower - Realm Of Chaos
72. Bolt Thrower - Domination
73. Bolt Thrower - Destructive Infinity
74. Bolt Thrower - Warmaster
75. Bolt Thrower - After Life
76. Bolt Thrower - Lost Souls Domain

DISC 3
77. Godflesh - Tiny Tears
78. Godflesh - Wound (Not Wound)
79. Godflesh - Pulp
80. Godflesh - Like Rats
81. Unseen Terror - Incompatible
82. Unseen Terror - Burned Beyond Recognition
83. Unseen Terror - Oblivion Descends
84. Unseen Terror - Divisions
85. Unseen Terror - Voice Your Opinion
86. Unseen Terror - Strong Enough To Change
87. Unseen Terror - Odie's Revenge
88. Unseen Terror - It's My Life
89. Heresy - Flowers (In Concrete)
90. Heresy - Belief
91. Heresy - Network Of Friends
92. Heresy - Sick Of Stupidity
93. Heresy - Too Slow To Judge
94. Heresy - A Sense Of Freedom
95. Heresy - Consume
96. Heresy - Face Up To It
97. Heresy - Into The Grey
98. Heresy - When Unity Becomes Solidarity
99. Heresy - The Street Enters The House
100. Heresy - Cornered Rat
101. Heresy - Open Up
102. Heresy - Everyday Madness Everyday
103. Heresy - Break The Connection
104. Heresy - Ghettoised
105. Heresy - Network Ends
106. Heresy - Release
107. Heresy - Genocide
108. Intense Degree - Hangin' On
109. Intense Degree - Vagrants
110. Intense Degree - Skate-Bored
111. Intense Degree - Intense Degree
112. Intense Degree - All The Guys
113. Intense Degree - Daydreams
114. Intense Degree - Take No Chances
115. Intense Degree - Future Shock
116. Intense Degree - Politician
117. Intense Degree - Allegiance
118. Intense Degree - Bursting

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

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Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

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