Dir. Doug Brown, 2018, Canada, 100 mins

Q&A with Earache record label followed by an after party.
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If you lived in Flint, Michigan in the 1980s, you likely worked in an auto factory, and if you lived in Birmingham, England, you likely worked in an industrial setting. If you were a teenager in either of these cities during those years, you either accepted your fate or broke the mould. In defiance of tradition, groups of punk rockers and metalheads in these respective cities created a new sound, and a new genre, that was too punk for metalheads and too heavy for punks. Grindcore fused the anarchistic and leftist attitudes of the UK punk scene with the speed and drunken aggression of death metal simultaneously being created in the US. When Napalm Death released their album Scum in 1986, legendary BBC DJ John Peel proclaimed grindcore the fastest and most abrasive sounding music imaginable, and he was right. Immediately musicians were torn. Many saw grindcore as an anticapitalist, cathartic blast, with lyrics that were often aggressively pro-life, anti-homophobic and anti-racist, served up as a resounding “fuck you” to the mainstream. The first documentary to capture the genre’s 35-year life span, Slave to the Grind takes viewers to Japan, the US, UK, Australia, Singapore, Finland and Sweden to focus on why the genre has persisted, and changed, over time.

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