Escuela Grind to Release New LP, ‘Memory Theater’, September 30
Fast-Rising Massachusetts Band Signs to MNRK Heavy; Watch New Video “Cliffhanger”
New England extreme metal unit Escuela Grind will release its new LP, ‘Memory Theater‘, on September 30. Produced by Kurt Ballou, the album — the band’s first for MNRK Heavy (High on Fire, Crowbar) — features 9 tracks of sharp, scorching underground music that rages and rips in equal measure. Escuela Grind‘s ‘Memory Theater‘ is available for pre-order now at this location.
Get a sneak peek at what the new Escuela Grind album promises right now as the band releases a video for its rampaging new track, “Cliffhanger“, which adroitly showcases the kinetic energy of the group’s much talked about live performances. “Cliffhanger” debuts via Decibel who proclaims, “The track showcases both sides of Escuela Grind’s sound: the firing-on-all-cylinders brand of grindcore that you would expect from a band called “Grind School” and a few two-step hardcore breakdowns that convert the energy into a more moshable state. Produced by Converge guitarist/GodCity producer Kurt Ballou, Memory Theater is the heaviest Escuela Grind have ever sounded.” Stream Escuela Grind‘s “Cliffhanger” video at this location.
“Cliffhanger” is us branching out and including all of our influences into a heavy, danceable song. It’s a perfect representation of all the new things to expect from Escuela Grind,” says vocalist Katerina Economou. “The lyrics are about the people that try to play both sides of the fence, play devil’s advocate and drag you down with them. It’s about fighting crab mentality. This is just a taste of all the killer stuff coming on “Memory Theater!”
1.) Endowed With Windows
2.) My Heart, My Hands
3.) Cliffhanger (stream VIDEO)
4.) Strange Creature
5.) Faulty Blueprints
6.) All Is Forgiven
7.) Forced Collective Introspection
8.) The Feed
9.) Memory Theater
The music might be terrifying, but the overwhelming spirit behind Escuela Grind is a message of empowerment. As it destroys musical boundaries, the quartet attacks the idea of “gatekeeping” with equal ferocity. Anytime Katerina Economou, Jesse Fuentes (drums), Kris Morash (guitar), and Tom Sifuentes (bass) convene, an aural apocalypse will ensue. Escuela Grind stitches together a new metallic hardcore monster from the rotten corpses of grind and power violence with gleefully unhinged blasts of percussive bombast and chaos.
‘Memory Theater‘, Escuela Grind‘s sophomore album, is seven minutes shorter than Slayer’s ‘Reign in Blood’, but with a few songs running past the three-minute mark, it’s downright epic by grindcore norms. Delivering on the promise of several split records, a handful of EPs (including ‘GGRRIINNDDCCOORREE’ and ‘PPOOWWEERRVVIIOOLLEENNCCEE’, both released in 2020), and the full-length, ‘Indoctrination’, the nine songs on ‘Memory Theater‘ offer a near-psychedelic trip to the genre’s soul. The album title references a specific historical concept, constructing a “space” from one’s internal ideas, knowledge, and perception. An architect by trade, Economou explores philosophy, politics, and experiential experimentation, building a kind of structure amidst the band’s musical cacophony.
“Whether you call what Escuela Grind does “power violence” or grindcore,” there’s no doubt the music the quartet creates together is pure fucking mayhem.” – No Echo
“discombobulating drum patterns and staccato guitar chugs…enough force to level an office park.” – Revolver
“bursts of unthinkable sonic rage that still manage to keep the listeners rapt with their density and dynamics…Escuela Grind’s misanthropy as enjoyable and intelligent as it is unending.” – Kerrang!