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2X Grindcore Review:
BOTFLY – “Enemies Of The World”
SIGIL – “Primal Void”

Corpus Christi, Texas is perhaps best known for producing the honey-toned latin pop vocal stylings of Selena Quintanilla (1971-95) for many years now. Taking that into account, the aptly named small label/distro known as Murder/Suicide Incidents are doing what they can to put Corpus on the map for underground punk and metal. With just very few releases so far they’ve offered up a small variety of delicacies which include some death metal, sludge, hardcore, shoegaze and grindcore/power violence. Murder/Sucide Incidents hosts many young and memorable bands like Esclavo (sludgy doom chaos for the cult of Noothgrush), Chuch Of Disgust (brutal shredding death doom for anyone undergoing an Autopsy) and also Skinfather (d-beaten death blast for Swedish streets circa ’91). Nestled among those sit Botfly and Sigil who are perhaps the most unlikely pair out of the bunch, which is why I’ve singled them out for the spotlight. Some of what Murder/Suicide‘s got is on vinyl but most is only available on cassette tape, which I enjoy just as much as wax, if not more sometimes. Let’s face it, you just can’t fix broken a record with a pencil.

New York style hardcore by way of San Antonio. All the heavy breakdowns and thrashing, in the “no bullshit” east coast tradition was refreshing to hear from a southern band like Botfly. This is a quick cassette EP with an intro, three proper tracks and they even managed to squeeze in their own version of “Birthright” by Samhain. That cover really sold me on this too. Definitely recommended for anyone who’s ever been taken in under Citizen’s Arrest.

SIGIL Review after the jump!

Hailing from Calgary, Alberta Sigil bring their own brand of emotive yet obviously aggressive yet quirky hardcore, which even verges on power-violence at times, to the table here on this seven track mini album. The music on this tape reminds me of the very early days of Trustkill Records releases. When that kind of emotional hardcore still had an element of brutality, bleakness and general uncertainty, before that shit graduated into the malls of America. Sigil is the real deal for the kids who always opened up to Page 99.

Oh hey, that’s not all, Murder/Suicide Incidents



  1. Chris

    May 3, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Very cool man thanks for the insight. This is the first I’ve heard of your label and after checking out this post and your webstore, I’m anxious to hear these artists.

  2. Chris

    May 2, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Very interesting. I haven’t listened as of yet because I’m at work but the Botfly cover art is an interesting re-imagining of Alan Forbes’ art for AFI’s All Hallows EP. I wonder if that was intentional? It has to be, it’s so similar. Very cool though I like it.

    • Henry / MSI

      May 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      Totally intentional tribute to AFI. Release of the EP was intended for October but it was delayed for a while.

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