DEATH TO FALSE GRIND
- Posted: Sat, 03 Nov 2012 08:39:04 +0000
"West Coast Powerviolence - Lets ******** go!"
And with that one line, Man Is The b*****d had coined and introduced us to the term 'Powerviolence' in an effort to name and describe the nascent scene which they had birth alongside other bands (as listed on their song 'H.S.M.P') with their unique take on hardcore.
Musically, Powerviolence evolved in very close relation to that of grindcore scene at the time, but where as grindcore fuses crust punk/hardcore and death metal, powerviolence was an attempt to fuse noise/noise rock, sludge and hardcore punk to create a very heavy, dissonant brand of hardcore.
The key components of the powerviolence sound is its odd tempo and time signatures, stop-start blasts of noise and occasional slow passages mixed in with traditional hardcore riffing altogether coupled with a very raw, noisy production quality. Powerviolence is also know for it's musical speed and brevity with bands producing multiple rather short songs in quick succession - but the best powerviolence bands know that going slow is just as an effective; still these moments are few and far between the furious blasting of 30-40 second long songs.
Powerviolence is inherently rooted in leftist politics, and as such you'll find these kinds of messages littered through out most bands releases - increasingly socio-political; but with bands like Charles Bronson and Spazz, you may also find the lyrics go off on either mocking parodies of issues pertinent to the band or seemingly bizarre self-referential humor.