About six years ago, Magrudergrind blew the doors off The Roxy in Los Angeles with a matinee gig hosted by Scion Metal. Despite immediately establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with, the grind-power-violence trio went dormant for about a half-decade, leading to questions if the project was a one-off. Now the band returns with a blistering second album that shows what they were up to in that hiatus: storing up rage. Masterfully captured in all its raw glory by engineer Kurt Ballou, the album’s first single (“Sacrificial Hire”) lays waste to Jihadism, while other tracks blast the prison-industrial complex and the pharmaceutical industry. It’s a relentless, golden return.
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Score: 8 out of 10
Engineer: Kurt Ballou