|Artwork by Varises Otak|
Grindmother is without any doubt a very cool EP title and it becomes even cooler when you learn about its origin. The 66 year old mother of Corrupt Leaders’ vocalist is guesting on the EP, and this came about, because she wanted to try out grindcore screams just for fun and for the experience. It turned out that she did this pretty well! Fortunately her attempts have been recorded in a video which already went viral in the past several weeks, but in case you haven’t watched it yet, you can do so here below.
The best part of the story though is, of course, that the band included her vocals on the first track “Black Cloud” and named the EP Grindmother after her.
After hitting the play button this four song EP was over before I even realized what just had happened to me, but I was happy that it HAD happened to me. Certainly it didn't take too much time to listen to it several times in a row to find out that this is a perfectly delivered punch of grind and hardcore aggression.
The Canadian five piece band Corrupt Leaders pack a whole bunch of varying style elements into these four songs with a playing time of about three minutes all together. Besides the crusty punk and grindcore, there's a strong black metal flavor, especially in the vocals, and there are even some pinches of slow and heavy sludge. It almost feels as if the band carved a deep groove into another dimension to bring as much thick intensity to those three minutes of black grinding ferocity as possible. Filling them with great riffs, even something like atmosphere, and breathtaking dynamics and tempos; everything tight and right on point.
Corrupt Leaders are a pretty young band, they formed in 2013. After their self titled debut in 2014 and a split recording with Dogma in the same year, Grindmother is their third release and, despite all brevity, it truly marks a huge leap in their progress. The band are currently writing on their first full-length LP. I’m not sure about how Corrupt Leaders translate “full-length” in terms of the absolute number on the time line, I just hope for more of this impressive black/grind/punk onslaught.
The song "Mass Consumed" is featured on The Wicked Lady Show 84