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Toothgrinder: Nocturnal Masquerade

Album Review

Ferocious hardcore scientists distil the kitchen sink approach

Taking an inventive hardcore platform and swelling it beyond recognition with a plethora of metallic influences and fiendish sense of adventure, Toothgrinder’s debut is impossible to pigeonhole and exactly the kind of fresh, feral sound that the modern scene needs.

The House (That Fear Built)’s opening salvo of frantic metalcore and rabid vocals, the dissonant moods of Lace & Anchor that leads into simple choruses, black metal riffing and considered melodic leads, and the latter-day Dillinger-meets-nu metal of _Dance Of Damsels _are all bristling with invention and confident execution.


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