Now here’s a record that’s right up my fuckin’ alley. These fat Swedish drunks wear their influences proudly on their sleeves. They love the heavyweights of Swedish hardcore like Anti-Cimex, Moderat Likvidation, Mob 47 and Crudity, but so do I. Oh yeah, and lots of Discharge, too. Swedish thrash is the best because it somehow manages to be really catchy, really memorable, really raw, and really Discharged, without being really generic. MASSGRAV have a perfect punk-as-fuck vibe that comes natural to them but seems corny as hell coming from all those giant mohawk bands. I also like their subtle references to black metal, like thanking Nifelheim and calling one of their songs “Grand Declaration of Massgrav.” Listen to Swedish punk so your friends will think you’re lame.
This review originally appeared in Wasted Life, May 2005, Issue 197.