Dead in the Dirt – Fear


Fear” is a ridiculously powerful ten-track EP by Georgia new-comers, Dead In The Dirt.  Their brand of dirty and crushing d-beat/grindcore is definitely a combination that will make you get up and smash your face into the wall repeatedly.  They take more cues from Nasum, Rotten Sound, and Trap Them than anything else, coming at us with the break-neck and pissed style of grindcore and mixing it perfectly with mid-paced and sludge-induced hardcore/d-beat action.  Their vocal style incredibly reminiscent of old-school Nasum (growls and screams), Dead In The Dirt make very sure that while “Fear” only clocks in just under 12 minutes, it leaves you with a thunderous concussion, questioning whether you’re ready for a new group to immediately make their mark in the grindcore scene.

There is no filler to what Dead In The Dirt can do.  “The Screaming Wind” is the perfect track to open up on, giving us a heavily distorted sound from the entire group, it wouldn’t be too long until the entire foursome erupted in pure grinding chaos, finding that the rest of “Fear” is just as important and skull-shatteringly heavy.  Making sure to use each style equally, we are given socially conscious grindcore at its finest.  Can you handle it?  Go ahead and purchase “Fear” and find out while being repeatedly kicked in the teeth by these Atlanta natives.

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Having grown up in the vast industrial wasteland known as Detroit, my sister subjected me to multiple albums by bands such as Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Exodus, I quickly became immersed in the world of heavy metal for life. Even with my love of the tradition styles of metal, I always found myself craving something louder and heavier, thus bringing me to the much more extreme side of this genre of music. With classic bands such as Dismember, Autopsy, and Napalm Death always dominating my stereo system, I felt content to dig as deep as possible into the depths of ghastly heavy metal, and all these years later I still haven’t hit the bottom.
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