Today we will talk about some of the rawest metal music I have ever heard.
California one-man mincegore band Houkago Grind Time featuring Andrew Lee (Ripped To Shreds, Azath), will release the debut album Bakyunsified (Moe To The Gore) on 12″ gatefold LP and digital format through Outrageous Weeb Power Productions (US), Grindfather Productions (UK), and Psychocontrol Recs (CZ). The album was recorded and mixed at Andrew Lee’s Weeb Dungeon Studio, and mastered by Colin Marston at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves. The track Ruptured In Akkarin.
Bakyunsified (Moe To The Gore) is a love letter and a statement of devotion to Kyoto Animation’s classic moe anime boom of the mid 2000s. Taking cues from K-On, a show full of friendship, growth, and positivity, Bakyunsified rejects the violence and hatred pervading the current state of the world, eschewing the genre conventions of blood, guts, and porn. In a short twenty minutes, Houkago Grind Time celebrates the minutiae of otaku culture while simultaneously questioning the validity of substituting true interpersonal relationships for passive consumption of the simulacra of such.
Punky Carcass riffs float over a bed of ultra-fast blastbeats and dbeats, punctuated by bowel churning pitch shifted gurgles. Pillars of grindcore like Dave (PLF) and Leon (Impaled) contribute guest solos, and Colin Marston’s dense mastering ensures that every second of every microsong suffocates the listener beneath a thousand heartwarming fluffs. In short: fuck you, its anime goregrind.
Andrew Lee met goremaster Harlan at a Fake Meat/RTS show in Taiwan of 2019, who invited him to play with Extremely Brutal at Antimusic Fest the same year. Inspired by learning EB’s gore riffs and his love of anime, Andrew started his own one man mincecore/goregrind band, and released 4 demos/splits in the space of 5 months under his own banner of Outrageous Weeb Power Productions.