Jun 092012

Rumpelstiltskin Grinder is a Pennsylvania band formed by current members of Absu, Woe, Azure Emote, Ashencult, Fucked Forever, Total Fucking Destruction, Smoker & the Rollers, and more. I have their last album, Living for Death, Destroying the Rest (2009), which I really enjoyed. Their new album Ghostmaker is set for release by Candlelight Records on June 19. The eye-catching cover art is by artist Mike Hrubovcak.

I’ve held off listening to our promo copy of Ghostmaker because I’m hoping Phro will review it for us so I can perceive the music through the gloss that Phro puts on it, and by gloss I mean that translucent sticky substance that turns crusty when it dries.

However, yesterday our friends at Stereokiller premiered Ghostmaker‘s title track, and I couldn’t resist giving it a listen while deciding what else I need to give Phro as a bribe for his review, other than the ebullient gratification that will come to him for pleasing me. And man oh man, is that song a sweet head-fucker.

“Ghostmaker” is the kind of filthy, evil, death-thrash that uses physically compulsive riffs to bend you to its will and ladles in a catchy little melody to make you come back for more submission. I highly recommend you go over to Stereokiller HERE to check this out.

Now here’s a promo shot of Rumpelstiltskin Grinder. I’m really surprised they let those people stay on their backs long enough for the photographer to get this shot. They probably trampled them later.



  1. Whoa. Azure Emote, Absu and Woe . . . One had no idea they were connected to Rumpelstiltskin Grinder. (O_O)
    Oddly enough, one found Azure Emote before any of those bands, Rumpelstiltskin Grinder included. But, one must say that all of these put out excellent stuff.

    With respect to Rumpelstiltskin’s music/album: one is thankful that the thrash vocals aren’t of the annoying kind, utterly horrified by the imagery of ghost-making presented by the album-art, and intrigued by the presence of the horses in the band photo.

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