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By Doug Moore

Jon Chang

Gridlink / Discordance Axis vocalist Jon Chang is one of the most inventive people ever to hop behind the mic for a grindcore band. Between his unmistakeable screech and his fluid, impressionistic lyrics, he's done more to advance the genre than virtually any other singer in the style. Sadly, his musical career is over; Gridlink are disbanding after their upcoming third album Longhena, and he will move on to other creative pursuits afterwards. On the bright side, Longhena is one of the best -- if not the best -- recording he's ever been involved in.

We spoke to Chang at Invisible Oranges today as part of a new series about harsh vocalists. Here's an excerpt:

You have a very distinctive vocal tone. How did you settle on that delivery?

I'll be honest: it happened organically. I used to practice and develop my chops by driving around in my car and blast S.O.B. records, and just screaming along with them. During the day, the apartment building I lived in would basically be empty, and I would just turn the stereo up and start screaming along with it. That's basically how I learned to get to a starting point.

Of all the people who've had the most influence on how I started singing, I've ironically never met, talked to, or even tangentially encountered Lee Dorian, who's probably responsible for more of it than anybody. For years, I was really good friends with Seth from Anal Cunt, and I was really good friends with Tottsuan from S.O.B.. We used to talk about this shit all the time. We'd ask: "How do you sing? How do you do this? How do you do that?" And we'd try to figure out how to do it better.

Seth had a whole thing where he'd stick his hand under his arm while singing, because he said that for him, it was basically his positive chi. He never said it that way, of course, but that's how I would express what he was trying to say. That's what his body had to do to generate that sound. I did it for a while too, and it really worked.

Read the rest of the interview at IO. Longhena drops on February 19; stream music by all three of Chang's well-known projects below.

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by Black Bubblegum

Witte

They say that the clothes make the man, but in the music world, the drummer makes the band. That's the only way to explain the string of successes that have followed Dave Witte since he first sat behind the kit as a member of the influential yet under-appreciated Human Remains. Since then, Witte has played with some of the greatest bands in the heavy underground, laying the back beat to names as powerful as Municipal Waste, Discordance Axis, Anodyne, Black Army Jacket, Melt Banana, and we can't forget about Burnt By The Sun.

Burnt By The Sun recently released their swansong, Heart of Darkness, via Relapse Records. In celebration of this last LP, the band will embark on final tour of Europe in October with only one US date scheduled: October 2nd at Cake Shop with Tombs, Black Anvil, Bloodhorse, and Torchbearer. Considering the band members' current undertakings, it isn't out the question to say that this could be their last show for a very very long time.

With that as a primer, I fired some questions at Dave Witte about Municipal Waste, the end of Burnt By The Sun, and the possiblity of him returning to the kit for Human Remains, Discordance Axis or Black Army Jacket. The conversation is below....

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by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: Intronaut - "The Literal Black Cloud" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: KEN mode - "The Romanticist" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Discordance Axis - ENTIRE Live Set from CBGB, 6/3/00 (Mediafire Link, setlist/credit)
DOWNLOAD: Noothgrush - Live at KZSU 5/01/96 (Mediafire Link, setlist/credit)
DOWNLOAD: Wolves In The Throne Room - Live at Slim's 10/2/07 (Mediafire Link, setlist/credit)

Gojira's The Way Of All Flesh
GOJIRA

Gojira has finally announced news on it's latest punch to the gut, The Way of All Flesh! The much anticipated follow-up to From Mars to Sirius will drop on October 13th on Prosthetic, and look for the band to hit Europe with In Flames in late Sept/Oct (tour dates below). Joe Duplantier played on the Cavalera Conspiracy album, who recently played Irving Plaza with The Dillinger Escape Plan.

As we discussed before, Intronaut are on tour with Behold The Arctopus and Mouth Of The Architect (Deadsea and Wetnurse are also on the colossal NYC bill), packin heat from the forthcoming Prehistoricisms on Sept 16th. Check out "The Literal Black Cloud", available for download above!

KEN mode dropped their new record, Mennonite on their own label, Arctodus Records. Pick it up here. The follow-up to their 2006 release on Escape Artist, Reprisal, KEN mode draws from the glory days of Am-Rep and noise punk, adding a brute force Mastodon-type approach. We have "The Romanticist" from Mennonite available for download above, but be careful, it's mean & nasty.

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