Back in 2014, I was lucky enough to attend a phenomenal death metal focused show consisting of Gigan, Artificial Brain, and the almighty Pyrrhon. After Artificial Brain finished their set I went to speak with their vocalist Will, since I'm a huge fan of his band. At which point he mentioned he was in a grindcore band I'd never heard of called Buckshot Facelift, and graciously gave me an early physical copy of their 2014 EP, Living Ghosts of the Northern Shore. Ever since then, I've been hooked on the band, and after you hear our early stream of their new album, Ulcer Island, I bet many of you will become fans as well.
Over the years the band has dropped multiple albums and killer EPs, the members have shifted but the quality has stayed consistent. Ulcer Island is an eclectic force forged from grindcore, but frequently exploring and created music outside of those boundaries, akin in a sense to acts such as Cephalic Carnage. Buckshot Facelift's music frequently includes a lot of death metal influence, but in a way that doesn't really fit the death grind tag. With it's integration in the music more so done in separate passages as opposed to combined together. Likewise, there is a fair bit of power violence and doom influence found throughout the album as well.
The biggest change here from their last few releases lies in the unique concept album structure that shapes Ulcer Island, driving the direction and flow in a way that shows the group shifting from more "normal" and typical grind songs early on, and slowly gets stranger and more unorthodox as the record progresses. Really, even their faster grind fueled cuts still offer unique twists at every turn, never sticking to any one idea for too long for the most part. So check our early stream for Ulcer Island below, and if you dig what you're hearing, the album officially drops this Friday through Paragon Records. You can pre-order the record through the Buckshot Facelift Bandcamp page. Be sure to follow the band over on their Facebook page too.