Formed in London in 1986, Axegrinder arrived as the ongoing post-punk melting pot began to conjure ever-heavier new hybrid strains of the hardcore punk and underground metal scenes that were still only a few years old. Following in the groundbreaking footsteps of peers like Amebix and Sacrilege, the band swiftly established themselves as one of the most musically adventurous and hair-raisingly intense bands the UK had to offer.
Now they’re newly signed to Rise Above Records, and they will release their new album Satori on July 13th into a world that seems every bit as fucked up and bleak as the one they angrily assailed first time round. In reality, the anti-authoritarian message that burned at the heart of the crust-punk scene three decades ago has never lost its relevance or its power. From the crushing, slow-burn assault of ‘Halo (Snakes For The Breeding)’ to the warped, nihilistic balladry of epic closer ‘Too Far From Home’, this is music that screams its righteous fury and creative clout from the rooftops.
Satori, is the second full-length Axegrinder album and the band’s first in 29 years. A jaw-shattering tour-de-force of razor-sharp riffing, insistent muscular grooves and cacophonous industrial scree, it’s much more than a simple upgrade for the duo’s immortal sound: recorded at their own studio with zero outside interference, it’s a wholesale re-invention, as the passion and fury of nearly three decades erupts through some of the sharpest, hardest-hitting songs you’ll hear this millennium.
To get you more excited for the release of Satori, watch the video for ‘Rain’ here: