Viking's Choice

5 Haiku For A Grindcore Karaoke

Ridin' the green wave in the digital liner notes to Wadge's Grindcore Lu'au. i i

hide captionRidin' the green wave in the digital liner notes to Wadge's Grindcore Lu'au.

YZR Craftsman JP/Courtesy of Grindcore Karaoke
Ridin' the green wave in the digital liner notes to Wadge's Grindcore Lu'au.

Ridin' the green wave in the digital liner notes to Wadge's Grindcore Lu'au.

YZR Craftsman JP/Courtesy of Grindcore Karaoke

Though it's not even a year old, the metal label Grindcore Karaoke has released 19 albums through Bandcamp, most of them available as free downloads. It remains to be seen if the pay-what-you-want model works, but label owner J. Randall (of the excellent grindcore band Agoraphobic Nosebleed) has a "borderline contempt for how people don't try to help out the guys that are up-and-coming." He goes on to say in that Invisible Oranges interview:

It's the attention contest versus attention deficit disorder. That's what the Internet is right now. That's why I'm releasing so much s—-. I want to be sure people keep coming back, and they're excited.

Randall's right. As far as I'm concerned, everything on Grindcore Karaoke is worth hearing. While the label focuses on the faster-than-fast grindcore genre as well as power violence (think a nastier, noisier version of hardcore), Randall also throws in a stoner-metal band and a grind-jazz duo for good measure.

There are more than four hours' worth of material to sift through on Grindcore Karaoke's website, so in the spirit of grindcore's penchant for short blasts of metallic filth, here are five haiku based on my favorite releases on the label.

I want to hula
in the mosh pit of Wadge. Why
you never let me?

Power violence pun
printed on a white t-shirt:
"Maine is the Bastard."

Stoned to Sleep, Sabbath.
My those are big riffs you have.
Pass the Fritos, please.

Eight minutes to rage.
Feedbacked, blast beated, bludgeoned.
I puked in your hat.

Name not fit for print.
Electro grind laser beams.
I want friend request.

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