Once upon a time (in 1990 to be precise) a band named Genocide began to claw and gouge a mark in the fabric of Portuguese metal history by becoming one of the first death/grind bands in that beautiful land. By 1999 they had released a trio of demos and two full-length albums (Genocide and Breaking Point), but their second album in 1999 was to be their last release, as the band split up.
In the years that followed, Genocide‘s members participated in other groups, including Web, Raising Fear, Agnosia, Lost Gorbachevs, Hospital Psiquiátrico, Bal-Onirique, and Assassiner, among many others. But recently these Portuguese metal veterans of the original Genocide have reunited under the name Grindead. In March of this year Larvae Records released the first fruits of this reunion, a six-track self-titled demo, in a now sold-out tape edition (but still available digitally at Bandcamp). And today we proudly present an official video for the first of those tracks (following a bludgeoning, battering, swarming Intro) — “Turn Black“.
“Children ask for green / but the world turns BLACK“. So begins the video for the song, which interweaves footage of the band performing with other arresting imagery. The music is also damned arresting, and it too interweaves different ingredients — hammering grooves and gruesome riffs, needling leads and moaning melody, a head-moving bass-and-drum duet, neck-cracking snare work and murderous, belly-deep roars and growls. The mood of the music is dismal and black-hearted, heavy and abrasive — and it’s high-grade fuel for headbangers, too.
Credit goes to Duarte Silva for directing the video. Be sure to check out the rest of the band’s release from this past spring, a stream of which we’ve included below the new video. Grindead are:
Luís Gonçalves | Vox
Mário “El Mariochi” Ribeiro | Guitar
David Teves Reis | Bass
Miguel “M&Ms” Brandão | Drums