I do like me some Swedish grind. Grid play merciless grindcore, with fiery blasts, punishing d-beats, and melodic crust all included in their aggressive formula. I very much liked 2017’s Human Collapse Syndrome, so I had high hopes for Livsleda, and it has not disappointed.
The tracks all vary in both length and intensity, from less than one minute to four minutes, and from hyper-speed to crushing groove. Each of the songs delivers the goods, and there’s surprising diversity to be had here; the title track even offers some considered mood-building of the post-metal variety.
Grid write their furious music well, with the incorporation of melody and dynamics working particularly well for them. These are songs that marry the benefits of grind’s belligerent energy with crust’s earthy melodic power, resulting in songs that have much stronger presence and longevity than many by ostensibly similar bands.
Grid know their stuff, and across 18 very compelling minutes, they prove it quite convincingly. Imagine a tasty mix of Nasum, Rotten Sound, Martyrdöd, and Wake, and you’ll have an idea of the sort of violent delights contained on Livsleda.
Top stuff. Don’t miss out on this.