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As healthy as the underground scene in Ireland has grown to be over the years, we’re not exactly known for leading the field when it comes to grindcore. Abbadon Incarnate are the obvious example of an exception to that rule, a band who’ve developed from Satanic Death Metal into a full on grind wrecking ball over their existence..but other than that the genre is still a relatively unknown commodity outside of the odd one-man bedroom based novelty project.

Cue SICKENER, a new band who’re doing their best to readress that problem, and one you might have heard via their recorded debut on our all Irish mixtape a little while ago. Having emerged from the wreckage of the similarly minded but short lived Karnal Bunt at the start of this year, they’ve honed their sound very quickly through relentless gigging and songwriting.


Sickener are very clearly coming at grindcore from the punk rock end of the spectrum – there’s plenty of grooves, slow parts and dbeats in there along with the blasts, and lyrically they deal with the grim realities of their surroundings rather than the gore or porn cliches plaguing the style. These guys vary between full on speedy temper tantrums and a more measured approach, something which may dissapoint the hardened speed freaks perhaps but allows their material to be more listenable in the long run – there’s a variety at work that a lot of new bands miss in the quest for velocity.

Drinking From The Cesspool by Sickener

Having just recorded, these gents are currently working up to a series of releases over the next few months to get their name out there. Expect compilation tracks, two tapes (a split with the aforementioned Karnal Bunt and another entitled “In League with C10”), and split 7″s with CSMD and Wreck of the Hesperus.

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