Jun 282011

When your head is already kind of pointy-shaped to begin with, as mine is, then you have to ration how often you listen to grind. With too much grinding, there’s a risk that your head will become sharper and sharper until it just disappears or snaps clean off like a pencil lead. But even though I already somewhat resemble a unicorn, I just couldn’t resist cranking up the new songs from Lock Up. I reasoned that because the music isn’t really straight grindcore, I could get away with it.

You probably know all about Lock Up, but just in case you don’t, it’s a super-group that works, by which I mean it’s a super group. The veteran line-up includes Shane Embury (Napalm Death, Venomous Concept) (bass), Nick Barker (ex-Cradle Of Filth, ex-Dimmu Borgir) (drums), Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates, Disfear) (vocals), and Anton Reisenegger (Criminal, Pentagram) (guitars).

Their third full-length album — Necropolis Transparent — is scheduled for release by Nuclear Blast on July 12. In addition to the band’s usual line-up, there will be guest appearances by former Lock Up member Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy, Pain) and Jeff Walker (Carcass). Just gets better and better, doesn’t it?

To date, Lock Up has released two new Necropolis Transparent songs for public consumption. At the urging of NCS writer Israel Flanders, I finally got around to checking them out yesterday. So glad I did, because it’s fucking savage music — a conglomeration of death, grind, and thrash, with a blackened crust — and I’ve developed a savage kind of attraction to both songs. (more after the jump . . .)

Creating music this fast and furious while still preserving distinctive rhythms and even melodies is no small feat, but Lock Up pulls it off. I also really like the big crunchy bass notes and bursts of tremolo picking that scream (and grind) through the assault.

Yes, no doubt this music has ground my head to a finer point, but I’m not complaining.

“The Embodiment of Paradox and Chaos”

LOCK UP – The Embodiment Of Paradox And Chaos by NuclearBlastRecords

“Life of Devastation”

LOCK UP – Life Of Devastation by NuclearBlastRecords

If you’d like to learn more about Lock Up, their Facebook page is right here. Nuclear Blast is accepting pre-orders for the album, plus other merch, at this location.


  1. Holy shit. Those two songs kicked so much ass, I think I’m in love.

  2. I was feeling kinda tired and funky.

    Now I have a raging anger boner and a fist full o’ tentacle.

    I approve of this so hard, I think I might pass out from blood loss to my brain.

    • I’m so glad I’m not the only person this happens to. I always thought it was because the blood flow to my brain was so weak to begin with.

      • Maybe you need to go kill a bull and eat it’s heart!

        Gives your extra blood power or something.

        You could try to kill a vampire, but if you get the wrong one you’ll just end up glittery and stupid.

        • I like the bull-heart idea, but could you kill the bull for me and mail me the heart? Bulls make me nervous.

          You’re right about avoiding vampires. I could wind up looking like the people in one of these bands. Icky.



          • That second picture…are they the zombies from Michael Jackson’s thriller???

            I’ll be honest…I’ve never really been around bulls before…would you settle for a boar’s heart?

            • That second band is Black Veil Brides. I’m proud to say that I’ve never listened to any of their music. One look at the band was all it took. It’s like they’re wearing a big fucking sign that says “STAY AWAY – MAY INDUCE REGURGITATION”.

              A boar’s heart would be cool. Boars are brutal. They also make me nervous.

              • They look like cosplayers. I mean that to be twice as damning as it may sound…more if it doesn’t sound particularly damning…

                Domesticated boars are sweethearts! The ones I grew up around were actually really quiet and sedate, especially around people. The mommas on the other hand would rip through two fences just to try to get a bit out of your leg if they heard their babies squeal.

                Nothing motivates you like a pissed off, 400 pound momma piggy.

  3. Grindcore has accomplished it’s mission when it leaves you feeling like you’ve been thrown into a blender.

  4. I like it, sounds just like the old albums, elitist jerks everywhere celebrate.

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