Neverending Grind Rewind
Napalm Death, Dropdead, Siberian Meat Grinder, Escuela Grind
Campaign for Musical Destruction Tour 2023, Arena Wien – Große Halle, Austria 20230215
While fans of more Pop and danceable music gather at the Cinema Paradiso to see Ruhmer and Lemo, and the other part of the Metal community attends Heaven Shall Burn, Trivium, Obituary and Malevolence, the Arena is the setting for the Extreme Core action again.
The package is four bands strong. Shortly before the start, „Comfortably Numb“ gives a last quiet moment, before Escuela Grind storm the stage. They give their statement against racism and split the audience up with „All Is Forgiven“, because ‚that is what warmup bands do‘. And as they are having fun, they don’t manage to look mean, as they have to smile.
Siberian Meat Grinder are not new to the city and present a graffiti in advance. They bring in the little Thrash and even Rap Metal taste with smashers like „Still in the Game“, „Bear Cult Is Real“ and „Walking Tall“. The fantastic guitar work is the main essence for the melodic drive in their sound. Right next, Dropdead bring back the mean Hardcore, taking their Antifascist stand as well as for animals and claim to ‚believe in you‘ at the end.
Napalm Death announced their new album „Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism“ (and „Resentment Is Always Seismic“) at their last Arena show in 2020. They wanted to present it one year ago already together with Doom, but instead, it was only possible to watch them via stream. But finally they return, and apart from new material, they serve classics as well as their Bad Brains and Dead Kennedys covers.
From all the bands in their orbit like Carcass, Cathedral, Terrorizer or Extreme Noise Terror, the four-piece still stands out especially as amazing live band with a lot of power and sympathy. No wonder e.g. attheshow loves to dig out an 18-year-old picture and rewatch Napalm Death again like Rotten Falafel.