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          Grindcore is not for the faint of heart.  It is a genre of metal that is full of high-pitched shrieks to low, throat-shredding, guttural growls and barks.  Not to mention that some of the lyrical content can be pretty graphic.  Over a year ago Grind Of The Dead found it's way into our inbox.  It had been all thanks to our friend Ray Ouellette who we know from the band Fate Worse Than Death (and had recorded Grind Of The Dead at Loadblower Studios).  The band had reached out to us right after their album "Pussy Jamz" came out and were hoping for an album review.  After reading some of the song titles Do You Swallow? Because The Last Two Bitches Said They Did And They Lied and If God Hates Fags, He Must Hate Himself The Most, I knew we were in for a wild album.  I sent the link to Sean, our review staff writer at time and had said "You need to check this out. I don't know how to handle this, there's like 40 songs and it's all these ridiculous titles."  I was laughing as I said this of course and Sean understood.  He said it best in his review "If the lyrics to songs like, "Caught between a dick and a hard place", or "Wanna go behind a dumpster and get fuckin’ real,” don’t make you at least crack a smile, you may be taking the music too seriously. Grind Of The Dead aims to amuse the listener by choosing completely fucked up song titles and shoving them down your throat in a very potent manner."   
Now with the new album No Lives Matter freshly released (as of May 26th, 2017), the band reached out again to help promote the new material.  Being a little short staffed at the moment, and in need of a new album reviewer, I thought it would be awesome to get to know the musician behind the music and asked if Alex "King Grindfuck" Aro would be interested in doing an interview.  I am thrilled to share our conversation and a more in depth look into the mastermind behind Grind Of The Dead.
Grind Of The Dead has been around for quite some time.  How did this project originate?
"The project originated back in 2005 with my cousin. At the start it wasn't meant to be anything other than a joke project for us to amuse ourselves. We recorded two albums on his computer and then the project died until I decided to revive it ten years later and turn it into a real grindcore band."
The band’s facebook page says that “King Grindfuck  is All music/instruments” but then there is also a list of members for the live performances.  How do you find the members to play with you for shows?
"My cousin is no longer a part of Grind Of The Dead, so I write and record all the music. The guys that play with me live are all people I know or met through the local scene here in New England. Our drummer Joe also plays in Iron Gag, our bassist Brendan and guitarist Cam are from Begat The Nephilim and our other guitarist Jim plays in Oh, The Humanity. Some I've known for years and others I've only met recently but they are all great dudes and I'm thankful they have helped to make Grind Of The Dead a reality."
Grindcore is a very particular genre of metal to play and has a very old school feel to it.  Who are your main influences?
"Obviously the classics, Napalm Death, Carcass, Terrorizer, etc. For the new album I was heavily influenced by newer bands as well like Full Of Hell, Nails, Magrudergrind." 
How does your writing process work?
"It's really as simple as me sitting down with my guitar and just jamming out riffs. The new album took me about a year to write, very on and off, but I would get riff ideas and just hash them out until I was satisfied. Most of the lyrics were written in the studio once all the music was done being recorded."
Being from the Massachusetts scene, which has evolved greatly over the years, how have you  seen the metal scene change over the years both from the sound you are hearing to the shows you are playing?
"The scene is alive and well here in Massachusetts, as it has been for a long time. About a decade ago this place was the mecca for metalcore with bands like Unearth, Shadows Fall, Killswitch Engage, almost every big band coming from here. It has a history, and there are a lot of great bands out there. While it is a thriving metal scene here, the grind scene isn't nearly as big but it is there. Hopefully us, and the few other grind bands in the area we've become friends with can help grow it."
Your last album “Pussy Jamz” was 40 tracks, which is very optimistic.  How long did you spend creating that album?
"I spent an entire year writing and recording that album. I had most of the basic song ideas down prior to entering the studio, but since the process took so long and I had time to really think things over, songs were changing all the time."
The brand new album “No Lives Matter” was recorded with the infamous Ray Ouellette (previously in the band Fate Worse Than Death) at Loadblower Studios,  What was that experience like? 
"Ray is a great friend of mine. He recorded the last album as well but since recording "Pussy Jamz" he had moved out to Colorado so I flew out there to record the new album. It was a great time and we banged out the whole album in about three days. It was recorded on one track and then split up afterwards, so all the feedback would match and it would be one singular listening experience."
Why the album title “No Lives Matter?”
"It popped into my head before I even started writing the album. I realize now it is nothing new, but at the time all of the "black lives matter", "blue lives matter" rants were really prevalent. I thought it would be a good album title as the antithesis against all that because when you really narrow it down and examine how grand the universe is, does any of this matter? No, not really."
Is there a song on the album that stands out the most?
"For me personally, "Wars For Invisible Men" really stands out. It's exactly one minute long and has everything a grind song should have. Blast beats, fast tempo and it's angry as hell."
What was the hardest part in making the album?
"The hardest part was definitely writing lyrics, I had the music all ready to go and I even had song titles in my head so the challenge became to write lyrics that match the titles without sounding forced or trite."
For the artwork, did you have any ideas for it before you approached Stephen Bower as to what you were looking for, or did you let him just surprise you?
"Initially I had no idea but he asked me for something to go on. I tried to imagine what image could represent "No Lives Matter" and I thought up a skull just spitting bodies out of its mouth."
It’s exciting to see a band who still wants to make vinyls and cassettes on top of releasing the music in a CD format!  Where can your fans pick up a copy of “No Lives Matter” as well as your previous releases and merch?  And then what are the best places to find Grind Of The Dead online?
"You can find everything on our Bandcamp! ( Our new album is up there on CD, vinyl and cassette and we have awesome bundle deals as well that come with shirts and patches."
What do you want to see happen next for the future of Grind Of The Dead?
"I would love to see this album do well and gain more traction in the grindcore scene. Our ultimate goal is getting to play Obscene Extreme Fest in the Czech Republic."
NO LIVES MATTER out Now on Skeleton Sun Records
I would like to thank Alex "King Grindfuck" Aro for responding quickly to my questions and willingness to open up more about Grind Of The Dead. We are thankful to him for reaching out to us once again to help promote another sick album.  No Lives Matter is an awesome surprise from Grind Of The Dead.  We highly recommend getting your hands on the new album in old school format, either vinyl or cassette.  
- Morgan-Daniell
Grind Of The Dead Is:
King Grindfuck - All music/instruments

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            Don't let their name fool you, Nothing To Offer from the southeastern state of Florida actually has A LOT to offer to the metalcore genre.  For a band who has been around for three years, these guys have already accomplished a great deal.  The Metal Experience were lucky enough to find out about them because their bassist Matt Widuch was previously in a band from the Chicago area back in the day called The Blank Standard.  Once Matt moved to Florida, he let us know about his newest adventure and we had to check them out.  After their amazing EP Recondition (which released last summer), we watched as the band continued to grow.  We are excited to present you with the interview that we did with the band recently.

How did the band form?

“Patrikk here! I’ll have to answer the first two questions since I’m the only original member! Anyway, the band formed from me and a friend of mine named Justin, who played guitar. Back in the last third of 2011, me and him “formed” a band under a completely different name, and although we wanted to do the music thing, it was more along the lines of friends who hung out and ate a lot of pizza, that just so happened to play music sometimes. To put that in perspective, we wrote ONE song in that entire time (that is actually STILL on YouTube under it’s demo version!); So, almost a year. After that project “surprisingly” died off in the summer of 2012, about a year later (mid 2013), Justin contacted me again and essentially said “Hey, let’s do this for real.”. He gave me a proper tryout like he should have, and I got the spot. I actually played “Hook, Line, and Sinner” by Texas In July for my tryout. The vocalist at the time, Reed, said he didn’t need to see anyone else play because I was apparently perfect for it. For the rest of 2013, we focused very hard on music, our name, social presence, and doing things right. We officially started in early 2014, and here was are in mid 2017, doing pretty well considering everything NTO has been through!”


How did you come up with your band name?

"Band name. Oh Lord. So, the band name is essentially the most important part of being a band. It’s what people hear, and know your entire existence as. Anyway, we all pitched in names for months; Me, Justin, Zack, Reed, and Tyler. There were a few names that 4 of us went “YES!” and the remaining member said “I hate it.”. It went like that for a while, then one day Reed popped out “How about Nothing To Offer?”. None of us were crazy about it, but none of us hated it, so it became the name, officially, that night, and all social accounts were created! It’s funny, I actually feel really bad because when I went to make the Nothing To Offer page, there was already a page on Facebook named Nothing To Offer, that was a metal band as well, but, they hadn’t posted in 3 years, nothing was active, etc, so I messaged the page owner and asked if he would be opposed to removing it. SOMEHOW, he said “Sure dude! Go right ahead, I’m not gonna use it!”, and thus NTO was born online! I felt like, and continue to feel like such a jerk for that."


How did you guys get into the metal scene?

"Collectively, we all got into this because it’s what we like and are drawn to. The energy, the crowds, even just the time listening to it by ourselves makes us feel pumped, and happy. We like the feeling of knowing we very easily could make it if we play our cards right, which we have been doing."


Last summer you released an epic EP called Recondition, where did you record that at?

"We actually recorded the guitars, bass, and vocals at Matt's house, and Patrikk (painstakingly) typed out the drums that he wrote, and after we got everything recorded and done, we sent it off to a guy in Belarus to mix and master it, and the rest is history."


 How does the band’s writing process work?

"At this point of where we are, Sheldon and Mahlek come up with the guitars, but it's more of a "band" effort now. From there, we all kinda say "Hey, this is awesome!" or "Hey, this is not so awesome, let's try this!", so we're all a part of the writing process now. In the past, it was the guitars were completely written separately, and not much changed from the one person, so it's nice to have everyone a part of it. Matthew does his vocals with some rhythm and phrasing tips from everyone, and Patrikk does drums. As far as lyrics go, we don't 100% leave it to Matthew; if we wanna add some lyrics or anything, we throw the idea at everyone. Patrikk actually wrote the lyrics for the song "Recondition.""


You recently teased on your Facebook page pictures of a photo shoot that said "Were up to something." Are you able to discuss what that something is now?

"That something is redefining who we are. We have went through our share of member changes and set backs, so it was "starting over". - Actually, that's what the title of the EP Recondition was meant to be: Rebuilding. Now that we have such a set lineup and goal, it’s all coming together very smoothly."


 You did a cover of "Uptown Funk" by Bruno Mars, what made you chose that song to cover?

"That was when all the members were different except for Patrikk, although Matt joined around that time. Patrikk and then guitarist, Justin, actually asked our Facebook followers what song to cover, and "Uptown Funk" came to be the most popular. After the writing process was done, we actually recorded our previous vocalist Tanner in the song, but, well, we just needed someone else on it, and after a few months, we finally picked Matthew up, and released the song months later than we had planned."


"Matt Widuch used to live in Chicago and was in a band called The Blank Standard. That's how we found out about you guys. Luco (the other host of our podcast) wants to know why did Matt leave him, when is he coming back out here to visit and when will you be playing a show in the Chicago area."

"Haha, well first of all I love and miss you both and I'm grateful for the support you always showed me in The Blank Standard and now in Nothing to Offer. I actually left because of my desire to leave Illinois and move to Florida. I usually visit every summer and for Christmas so I'll definitely hit you guys up. And I would love to eventually make it up to Chicago to play. I miss all my old music friends and the awesome venues!"


Any plans on touring?

"Touring! Yes! We have a tour in August that's doing the southeast of the US! Although, we are currently “taking a break” from shows to work on new material!"


In such a short amount of time, you guys have had so many opportunities to share the stage with national acts, play Warped Tour, even get some recognition by Artery Recordings .  What's been your favorite experience so far?

"Patrikk, Matthew and Matt all played a date on Warped Tour in 2015 in Nothing To Offer! That might be the biggest thing we have done considering that gave us the opportunity to make our music video for "Osmosis", because the producer/director Sam Link was there and he saw us. He’s done videos for massive bands like Memphis May Fire, and Sleeping With Sirens."


You guys work hard on promoting yourselves, making awesome merch designs, supporting your local scene etc... What advice can you give to bands who are DYI like yourselves?

"Let’s just say labels and big names really appreciate when bands are DIY because it shows they are not reliant on other people. Recently though, we signed with a management company called The Sights Set North, and they’re gonna be helping us with some tours and shows!"


What's next for the group?

"What’s next? We have currently finished up a brand new song, and are in the process of getting it all recorded and done, so there’s that. The upcoming little tour, and who knows, maybe bigger and better things!"


               We would like to thank all the guys in Nothing to Offer for taking their time to respond to our questions.  The band recently shared on their youtube page  a mini tour documentary which was about a "Day in the life" for them as they played a show with TRAITORS for their farewell tour!  The shows just keep getting bigger and bigger for Nothing To Offer and the opportunities keep coming. We are excited to hear the new music to come and see where their exciting journey will take them next.  


- Morgan-Daniell


Nothing To Offer Is:

Vocals: Matthew Viarrial 

Guitar: Sheldon Rosario 

Guitar: Mahlek Lawrence 

Drums: Patrikk Hammer 

Bass: Matt Widuch 

Also Find The Band At These Links:

Bandcamp                  Collapse Entertainment - "Osmosis" Music Video

Spirit Of Metal             Bandsintown

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