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Magrudergrind: II

Album Review

Washington DC noisemakers refuse to go by the numbers

Let’s get the most confusing aspect of this band out of the way: Magruder is the name of the neighbourhood in which this DC/Virginia-area trio live and rehearse.

Not nearly as confusing, but still worthy of clarification, is the fact that this 13-year-old outfit don’t just play grind. Theirs is a combination of power violence, hardcore punk, West Coast thrash and, yes, grindcore: a web which they’ve competently weaved over the course of umpteen releases. II is the band’s third full-length – did we mention their cheeky side? Witness 2010’s Scion-released Crusher EP, done up to mimic Earache’s classic Grindcrusher comp – and continues to span broad strokes of incendiary auditory calamity. 

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