Rumpelstiltskin Grinder - Buried In The Front Yard

8 songs
34:24 minutes
***** ****
Relapse / Suburban


Buried In The Front Yard is the first CD that Rumpelstiltskin Grinder have released on a bigger label. They really have one of the most unusual band names I've heard in the past and I wonder what the strange fairy figure and the thrash quintet from Pennsylvania have in common. Like Rumpelstiltskin was spinning wool into gold, they are spinning speed metal into gold. This is what the band is writing in the info and this comparison really doesn't ring any bells.

But I was terribly surprised after having first listened to the record. Rumpelstiltskin Grinder don't care about current metal trends and play a style that was popular more or less twenty years ago. The opener Stealing E.T. is an extremely well played technical metal song with complex yet harmonic guitar structures. The speed of the song makes me think of Holy Terror, probably the world's most underestimated thrash metal act ever. Especially the incredible speed of the guitars often reminds me of the good old Shrapnel school. But Rumpelstiltskin Grinder also have a harder and simpler attitude towards thrash metal. Unleash The Troll and The Day Merman Met Todd The Harpoon Wilson are two straight songs containing the speed of Dissection and the brutality of Kreator.

Everyone who witnessed the rise (and the fall) of Eighties thrash and speed metal will adore this album, even if it's just due to nostalgia. But believe me that there's more to Rumpelstiltskin Grinder than just a few faded memories of a glorious metal age.

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