CD REVIEW Rumpelstiltskin Grinder

Band: Rumpelstiltskin Grinder
Title: Ghostmaker
Label: Candlelight Records
Distribution: Plastic Head Distribution
Release date: 16/07/2012
Review: CD

I never heard Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based Rumpelstiltskin Grinder’s 2005-debut album Buried In The Front Yard (Relapse), unfortunately (nor the demonstrational or live material recorded before), but their second full length, Living For Death, Destroying The Rest (Relapse, 2009) was one of the best Thrash anthems from North America recorded in 2008 for sure, I think. [FYI: the band did release a handful of splits as well in mean time]. It’s a pity I haven’t heard that first one (yet), because we don’t just speak about ‘again some other super-band’, with members (formerly or currently) active in bands like Divine Rapture, Armageddon, Azure Emote, XXX Maniak, Evil Divine or Woe… In Rumpelstiltskin Grinder’s case it deals with a professional formation, able to write qualitative and coherent songs, rather than a bunch of egos that all want to show how experienced they are with their instrument.

Rumpelstiltskin Grinder’s third full length, Ghostmaker, lasts for forty six minutes and is as blood-thirsty as the former full length. Every song comes with an own aura of speed-up violence and powerful hate-blast, with a dynamic riffage that is both skull-crushing as intelligently melodious. It combines the better elements from diverse Old School scenes: the American one (yes, this might be a rather general description, yet it goes for the scenes from Bay Area, Tampa, L.A., Philadelphia etc.) as well as the European ones (then again: the Teutonic scene from Germany, the Dutch one, etc.).
In comparison to the former one, the whole might sound little more dense and obscure (nothing but gratitude for that) as well as more epic, and the sound too is more chilly and eerie.
No highlights, yet no relapses either…

Ghostmaker is the audible translation of a toxic graveyard, so please enjoy if you like it the smelly way…


Ivan Tibos.