, also known as gore grind
is a musical genre influenced by grindcore
and death metal
. As the name suggests, goregrind can be seen as a sub-genre of grindcore
, but also as a sub-genre of death metal
According to Matthew Harvey,
Gore-Grind music is characterized by its preoccupation with pitch-shifted or extremely low vocals, use of gore and forensic pathology as its exclusive subject matter, and often very fast tempos. Grind-Gore bands also have the refreshing tendency not to take themselves or their lyrics too seriously. This is evidenced by ... the often intricate and disgusting yet undeniably cartoonish splatter drawings that adorn many Gore-Grind album sleeves.
Its beginnings can be placed with the British band Carcass
, who began their career in the late 1980s. Carcass used pitch shifters, medical imagery and a host of other 'visceral' associations when they originally conceived the band, a deviation from the frequently political or left wing lyrics commonly used in the hardcore punk
and grindcore scenes.
Goregrind bands commonly use extremely low or pitchshifted
vocals, creating a unique low pitch gurgle texture, similar to the effects used in horror movies for a demonic character. The lyrics' subject matter often features violent themes including gore
, forensic pathology
, death and rape. Some bands, such as Gut
, focus on lyrics depicting pornographic
imagery and are sometimes referred to as pornogrind
or porngrind. Lyrics sometimes have a clear tongue-in-cheek Z-grade horror movie
feel and are not expected to be taken seriously. The guitars and drums are played in a range between high speed to mid-tempo.
Examples of goregrind bands include Dead Infection, Haemorrhage, Inhume and Regurgitate.