Posted in MP3 | metal | music on November 19, 2010

by BBG

DOWNLOAD: Magrudergrind - Crusher EP (ZIP file)
DOWNLOAD: Pulling Teeth - "Whisper" (MP3)

2/3 of Magrudergrind, slaying Cake Shop (more here)

Magrudergrind's mix of blindingly fast/punishing grind peppered with hip hop interludes returns for their new EP Crusher. Featuring six tracks and appearances from Richard Johnson (Agoraphobic Nosebleed/ex-Enemy Soil) and Dom Romeo (Pulling Teeth), the new record officially drops on Monday (11/22), but you can download it for free (above) and stream it (below) NOW! The EP, being released on 10" wax and CD, is currently on pre-order and the price is FREE (but shipping is $6.00). Order your copy.

The reason the EP is "free" is the source of some controversy though...


As you can see, "Scion Audio Visual Presents" and the Scion logo are clearly displayed - an out-of-the-ordinary choice in an overtly anti-capitalist music scene (grindcore). Magrudergrind have commented on said controversy and you can check out their thorough and articulate statement below.

Speaking of Dom Romeo, his incredible band Pulling Teeth have completed their new album Funerary, set for release in March 2011 as a 2xLP on A389 Recordings and on CD/Digital via Firestarter Records. Check out the new song, "Whispers" available for download above and streaming below. No solid touring plans for PT so far, though they recently played LA with Integrity and Ceremony (video of that appearance below).

Streams, Pulling Teeth's album art, Magrudergrind's statement, and some recent video is below...

Magrudergrind - Crusher EP

Pulling Teeth - "Whispers" from Funerary

Pulling Teeth

Magrudergrind Live Wagon Wroclaw Poland 05.10.2010

Magrudergrind live @ Bloodshed Fest 2010



We have a new EP titled "CRUSHER" coming out on 10" wax and CD. The EP has 6 tracks with guest appearances by Richard Johnson (Agoraphobic Nosebleed/Ex-Enemy Soil) and Dom Romeo (Pulling Teeth).

The record will be released on Nov. 22, 2010 through Scion A/V.This record is completely FREE for anyone in the U.S. and will streamed and available for download for anyone, anywhere. For people outside the U.S., it will be available in the coming months.

Many of you are probably wondering "why would Magrudergrind put out a record with Scion"?

- We decided to take up this offer in order to give out a 100% FREE, high quality record to everyone, at the expense of a Scion. Scion have covered all the costs for studio, manufacturing, etc.

- Over the years, Scion has dished out tons of money to support this scene. They have made it possible, so that we can all attend and play shows, for FREE, that we otherwise wouldn't be able to attend and play.

- What have we got out of this deal that we would have otherwise have worked with a standard label and the standard record label business model? Scion covers all recording and record manufacturing expenses. They have provided YOU with the platform to have a high quality Magrudergrind record for FREE.

- We did not receive any free car, any fat paycheck, but the ability to give every a free record at the expense solely on a big company that may not see any return on their investment. Who really wins here?

- If Scion covers the expenses of this record and say no one buys their product, who really gains? Us and every single person who got a Magrudergrind record for free.

- In the United States, we do not have wide scaled financial support from the government and industry players as they do elsewhere, for music and arts. We rather a company support music and arts, rather then spend their marketing campaign money on a stupid illuminated eyesore billboard. Everyone, especially in the hc/punk scene has a mind of their own and the agency to make their own consumption decisions. We are not going to, nor do we have the ability to force some kid to decide their purchase decisions. We all are exposed to advertisements and purchase decisions everyday. Even when we decide to buy some band t-shirt or a vinyl record (which has used energy and resources in the manufacturing process), it is up to the individual to make that choice.

- Regarding DIY and our ethical standpoint. We have always been, always will be and currently are very deeply involved in the band processes and the scene we are involved with. This includes our hand-on approach to our music, records, artwork, booking, merchandise, mail-order, etc. We have booked countless tours ourselves with the band, since we we're 17 years old, in the US, Europe and Asia. We have brought over and booked the tours, completely DIY, spending endless hours of work, to bring over many grindcore bands from Europe and Japan. We still take care of all the day-to-day tasks of this band and would not have it any other way. If anyone is questioning our involvement in the DIY scene, look at our hands on approach to everything involved with the band.

If someone has an issue or questions about why we did this or that, simply email us at: magrudergrind AT hotmail DOT com




Comments (35)

They also completely ripped of the Grind Crusher Earache compilation.

So they have some corporation releasing the thing, AND they didn't come up with original artwork.

Fuck Scion. Fuck Magrudergrind for allowing this

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2010 10:13 AM

"They also completely ripped of the Grind Crusher Earache compilation."

cause that's never happened before..

great band.
great dudes.

get over it.

Posted by Bachman | November 19, 2010 10:29 AM

SO it's happened before; that makes it ok?

I appreciate the freeness of the record FOR SURE.

But everything about it just fucking reeks.

How hard is it to come up with ORIGINAL ARTWORK.

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2010 10:33 AM

People -
It's so obviously a REFERENCE, not a "RIP-OFF."
You don't have to be a brain surgeon to understand that you're probably SUPPOSED to think of the Earache comp.

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2010 10:56 AM

Who you calling "People" bitch?

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2010 11:10 AM

I wonder if any brain surgeons out there have ever seen that earache comp

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2010 11:17 AM

why reference art as ugly as that earache comp?

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2010 11:23 AM

Listen, Person, don't start with that "bitch" shit again!

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2010 11:41 AM

These dudes make nasty hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2010 11:50 AM

Stop supporting capitalism, stop supporting Scion.

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2010 1:39 PM

If you are posting stuff on the internet, you're supporting capitalism. If anything, they are ripping capitalism off.

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2010 2:08 PM

Magrudergrind are some pimp ass mother fuckers.
And Scion is the shit for putting on so many awsesome free shows.
why all the hate

Posted by nate | November 19, 2010 2:27 PM

i remember when they played a show in LA the same day Municipal Waste played a free Scion event at the Knitting Factory and Magrudergrind went on about how they wouldn't play one and sorta made fun of MW for it. Now they've played one of their shows AND

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2010 4:07 PM

i remember when they played a show in LA the same day Municipal Waste played a free Scion event at the Knitting Factory and Magrudergrind went on about how they wouldn't play one and sorta made fun of MW for it. Now they've played one of their shows AND a record.

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2010 4:08 PM

i remember they were hating on the fact that people went to that free show instead of going to theirs, not that it was a scion show

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2010 4:39 PM

10 Seconds to grind!


Posted by JOHN | November 19, 2010 4:51 PM

Someone give me three reasons to check these guys out.


Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2010 6:04 PM

1. they sound kinda like nasum lately
2. there's no rock'n'roll in it. . .which is an achievement considering that's all anyone wants to do lately
3. the last song sounds like Salome

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2010 7:45 PM

the justification that "advertising happens anyways" is such an incredibly stupid copout. this shit is corny as hell, but luckily i couldn't really care less what some grindcore band thinks about politics so i'll listen to it anyways and probably enjoy it.

Posted by some dude | November 19, 2010 8:26 PM

I think a big part of being in an independent rock band is that you get to express yourself, and through that expression you can be proud of yourself, which boosts your ego. Something all of us search for. So why go with Scion, that's nothing to be proud of, its embarrassing. How much does it really cost to record a grindcore record?

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2010 11:10 AM

Thanks, 7:45.

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2010 2:48 PM

Another point that exacerbates Magrudergrind’s shallowness is the fact that they chose to mimic the artwork from the famous Grind Crusher comp (Earache, 1990). They claim that it is homage to the fine bands contained therein. It’s actually a weak attempt to associate themselves with those classic bands. Needless to say, any of the bands on that comp could easily smoke Magrudergrind (Repulsion, Carcass, Napalm Death, Unseen Terror, etc.).

Magrudergrind’s shtick of mixing grindcore with rap is lame and poorly done. By doing this they are just trying to stand out from the crowd and appear unique. As for the actual grindcore that they write, it’s a mashup of Nasum and Rotten Sound that is mediocre at best. If you want to hear real grindcore, spin Terrorizer’s World Downfall. Follow that up with GZA/Genius’ Liquid Swords if you’re interested in rap. At that point, you’ll be very much inclined to flush Magrudergrind’s Crusher ep down the toilet.

As for the Scion debate, Justin Foley tackled that debate rather eloquently.

Posted by Matt Ahearn | November 20, 2010 11:42 PM

"MacGruber! Making life saving inventions out of household materials. MacGruber! Getting in and out of ultra sticky situations! MacGruber! The guy is a freakin' genius!...

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2010 12:01 AM

Quit all the naggin' and make it availeble for Europe! Free vinyl (whoever put's it out)rules!

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2010 4:23 AM

"Magrudergrind’s shtick of mixing grindcore with rap is lame and poorly done. By doing this they are just trying to stand out from the crowd and appear unique"


they are paying homage to a lot of west coast bands that have done this before
they all love and support hip hop.

Posted by bachman | November 22, 2010 2:08 PM

Music is in the ear of the listener and magrudergrindcrusher is beautiful grindcore.

Posted by gerald smith | November 22, 2010 10:48 PM

Don't like what the band decided to do?
Then start your own band, and try do it better.
But you won't be able to.

My old band played with Magrudergrind at Smash Your Face With A Skateboard Fest in 2007 and it was one of the best shows I've played and seen. For any band to last for more than eight years, much less a grindcore band, is a testament to serious dedication and effort.

Posted by Paul in Toronto | November 23, 2010 12:48 AM

Capitalism is awesome anyways. Sorry you liberal hippie douchebags are all poor and pissed off. Maybe they mix the rap shit with their music because they are from Washington D.C. ... which by todays standards maybe the most black ass city in America. Scion put on well organized and badass shows. I've been to both of their "Rock-Fests" and they were worth the time. BTW it's a FUCKING FREE Magrudergrind cd. Goddamn.

Posted by C.H.U.D. | November 23, 2010 1:01 AM

"How much does it really cost to record a grindcore record?"

Oh lemme think. It costs MONEY to make a record. MONEY. DOLLARS. Which they didn't have to spend for this record.

Any one of you who says a damn thing about Magrudergrind being a bunch of sellouts is not grounded in reality. You may sit on your high horse and tell yourself "My GOD, what corporate sheep" but the fact of the matter is if you got an album sponsored completely free, better than a fucking record label can do for you, you would jump in less than a fucking second like the hypocrite you are.

This is a wonderful way for underground music to be sponsored. They didn't change their artistic vision one bit. this is still magrudergrind and anyone who says different hasn't listened to the record.

Posted by anonymouse | November 23, 2010 7:11 PM

They're basically admitting that they're ripping off Scion and people are getting pissed? Seriously? These dudes are sly as fuck and make amazing grind. Hats off to them.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2010 10:31 AM

Vegans are dumb, eat some bacon

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 1:44 PM

Kudos on the free album, I think their point about Scion facilitating this is great! To all of you naysayers, take a look at your ball hugging super skinny levis that you are buying before you say anything about these guys working with a company like this. Also, those belts with spikes and bullets you all wear are silly. Do you have to prove to everyone that you like heavy music? Ugh, scenesters.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 1:47 PM

I love capitalism!

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 6:02 PM

"Stop supporting capitalism, stop supporting Scion."

Everything you own is a result of capitalism. I guess you better quit your job, too, since that's "supporting capitalism." Idiot.

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 6:09 PM

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