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Goregrind is a fusion genre of grindcore and death metal.[1] British band Carcass are commonly credited for the emergence of the genre. Goregrind is recognized for its heavily edited, "watery" sounding vocals and abrasive musicianship rooted in grindcore.


Despite the early impact of albums such as Repulsion's Horrified and Impetigo's Ultimo Mondo Cannibale,[2] the origins of the genre really lie with the British band Carcass,[3] who began their career in the late 1980s. In their Reek of Putrefaction-era, Carcass used pitch shifters, medical imagery and several visceral associations when it originally conceived the band, a deviation[clarification needed] from the frequently political or left-wing lyrics commonly used in the hardcore punk and grindcore scenes.


According to Matthew Harvey,

Zero Tolerance described goregrind as being defined by "detuned guitars, blasting drums (sometimes with a high-tuned, clanging 'biscuit tin' snare drum sound), sickening lyrics and often heavily processed/distorted vocals.[4] Goregrind bands commonly use extremely low or pitch-shifted vocals.[5] The lyrics' subject matter often features violent themes including gore, forensic pathology, death, and rape. Lyrics sometimes have a clear tongue-in-cheek Z-grade horror-movie feel and are not expected to be taken seriously.[1] Cyjan, drummer for Polish goregrind band Dead Infection, commented, "Musically, there's no real difference between grindcore and goregrind, but lyrically, whereas the first is socially and politically concerned, goregrind, as the name implies, deals with everything related to blood, pathological aspects or accidents with fatal results."[2]

List of notable bands

Band Country Formed Notes
Carcass UK 1985 [1][2][4]
The County Medical Examiners USA 2001 [2][4]
Dead Infection Poland 1990 [2][3]
Exhumed USA 1990 [1][3]
General Surgery Sweden 1988 [1][2][4]
Haemorrhage Spain 1990 [2][3]
Holocausto Canibal Portugal 1997 [2][3]
Impetigo USA 1987 [2][4]
Inhume Netherlands 1994 [2]
Last Days of Humanity Netherlands 1989 [1][2][4]
Machetazo Spain 1994 [6]
Pathologist Czech Republic 1990 [3]
Regurgitate Sweden 1990 [1][4]
Xysma Finland 1988 [3]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Purcell, Natalie J. (2003). Death Metal Music: The Passion and Politics of a Subculture. McFarland. pp. 23-24. ISBN 0-7864-1585-1. Retrieved .
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Badin, Olivier (2009). "Goregrind". Terrorizer, 181, p.41.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Widener, Matthew. Carcass Clones. Decibel Magazine. Archived from the original on 2008-01-16. Retrieved .
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Grind Prix" (2005). Zero Tolerance #004, p. 46.
  5. ^ Brandon Stosuy, Show No Mercy, Pitchfork, August 6, 2008. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-08-28. Retrieved . Access date: October 14, 2008.
  6. ^ Machetazo biography @ MusicMight Archived 2009-07-05 at the Wayback Machine.

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