Painkiller’s heavyweight line-up, in case you had forgotten, was Mick Harris (of Napalm Death), Bill Laswell (of Last Exit) and John Zorn (of absolutely everything, particularly Naked City). Yeah, big stuff. Execution Ground is their 1994 double album, where they started really dubbing-up their avant-jazz-grindcore sound. This Karlrecords reissue puts it on vinyl for the first time.
Vinyl Double LP £22.99 KR025
180g vinyl reissue 2LP + insert on Karlrecords. Edition of 500 copies.
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9/10 Tony Y. 22nd November 2016
This is a solid re-issue from one of the worlds most underrated artists. This was mainly down to their earlier albums being released on UK extreme metal label, 'Earache'. Too obscure and off the wall for many a fans of the label; they were inevitably overlooked, more often than not for their combination of Free Jazz and Grindcore.
Four tracks of slab like guitars and pounding rhythms permeate this release; alongside a cacophony of screeching murderous saxophone and rich Dark Ambient. It's madder than a box of frogs, but benefits from a re-master and heavyweight warmth with regards to sound restoration.
The scenes heavyweights that formulated this outfit, have long since moved on to pastures new (Mick Harris had somewhat better success with the mighty SCORN before that folded); but they have left a legacy here which will only surely be really appreciated with time.
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