Episode 231: After the Burial, Bushwhacker, Collision 2016 Album Reviews

Just Keep Digging

Following last week’s show pretty notable bands (relatively speaking), this week’s episode only has one name you probably recognize.  However, don’t let that deter you!  There’s some damn good stuff in here!  There’s also some note-so-damn-good stuff, but at least it leads to an (arguably) good discussion…which you can feel free to continue in the comments.


After The Burial Dig Deep (Sumerian)
BushwhackerThe False Dilemma
Collision Satanic Surgery (Hammerheart)


Shortly after finishing the episode Nick apparently started playing some Mumakil and proceeded to tell me that it was better than Collision. He started sampling the album Flies Will Starve (“I started with “Fucktards Parade” because why wouldn’t you…”), and pointed out the song structure was better, production was fuller, you got a little groove in there, tempo changes, etc.  He wasn’t wrong.  As straightforward grind as it is, it really is solid stuff.  Nick apparently gave that album a 2 at the time, and I a 3,  While I maintained my score would probably remain the same (the album should be at least 10 minutes shorter), Nick admitted he would bump it to a 3 if we reviewed it now.  It just goes to show how our tastes have evolved. It also means we probably need to keep trying stuff like this instead of prejudging based on what we thought about this stuff 2.5 years ago.  So, apologies to Mumakil for the unwarranted bashing.


After The Burial – Dig Deep

Collision – Satanic Surgery

Bushwhacker – The False Dilemma


  1. That After the Burial song you played certainly sounded like djent to me. And that Bushwackers song you played was pretty good.

    Since the podcast now only has two hosts, I need to be the one to point out that The Bushwackers are well known tag team wrestlers who were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame last year.

    I checked Metal Archives for other bands named Collision. There is another band with that name. There is also a band named Anal Collision.

    I’ll further simplify the conversation about the difference between powerviolence and grindcore. Powerviolence is grindcore that is actually good.

    So I’m ready to declare the first two months of 2016 as the best January and February ever in terms of metal releases. If you go back and look at the last few years of early year releases, there was a lot of crap. You (and I) seem to have been scraping to try to find releases that were worth listening to for the first two months of the past few years. But the stuff released so far this year has been very good. Fleshgod, Abbath, Obscura, and Borknagar alone are 4 good albums that to me represent at least two more albums better than have been released in the past few beginnings of those years. Then you add in stuff like Magrudergrind, Exmortus, Holy Grail, and stuff from this week such as Anthrax, Entombed, Omnium Gatherum, and Oranssi Pazuzu and you have the makings of a great start to the year. Will the rest of the year be able to keep up? Since this year is starting out rather front-loaded, might there be a lull in the summer?

    1. • I’m in the djent camp as well. I think Brian is outvoted on this one….

      • Yeah….we never would have known that. Could be the reason that they spelled the name with an extra “h”.

      • Of course there is.

      • I agree that this has been an abnormally good start to the year. I’m going to add the likes of Toothgrinder and Bury Tomorrow to your list as well (IMHO). Looking ahead a month or two, we have a couple bigger releases coming up, but the large releases are starting to taper off a bit. I would guess that we’re going to see an April lull, pick back up between June and August, and then be desperate to find things at the end of the year (which is normal, I suppose.)

    2. *Ok, fine. but you can’t tell me that isn’t heavier than most ‘djent’ we listen to. And their earlier work definitely had more of a core vibe.

      *As a matter of fact, I did know that! As I probably noted before on the show, I did used to be a WWF fan, back when guys like Ultimate Warrior, Macho Man, Bret Hart and others were big. I just grew out of it, unlike a certain former co-host.

      *That still amazes me. Maye there were/are non-Metal bands with that name? It just can’t be that they were first ones ever to take that name.

      *I’m not touching this Grind/PV argument anymore….

      *Yeah…what Nick said re: a good start to the year.

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