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On their third effort, Rumpelstiltskin Grinder tone down the gimmickry and rev up a potent conglomeration of Euro-tinged blackened death thrash as heard on 12-track offering GHOSTMAKER. Culling its sound from both classic bands such as Kreator and Destruction (“Nightworms”) as well as peers like Skeletonwitch and 3 Inches of Blood, this Pennsylvania quartet serves up an unoriginal yet spot-on mix of expedient breakneck rhythms (“Iron Jaw”), over the top guitar solos (“Fucking Wild”), tricky melodic death metal structural complexities (“Desert Goblins”), and ominous vocal rasps leading their onslaught. Propelled by an unrelenting rage, Rumpelstiltkin Grinder blends their metallic influences together to form a solid set of modern heaviness with a bevy of classic overtones. -Mike SOS
- Mike SOS