by Cosmo Lee

If it’s possible, Jon Chang’s voice has become even more abrasive since he fronted the legendary Discordance Axis. It’s basically nails down a chalkboard. I cannot think of a better cure for low blood pressure. If Chang’s Hayaino Daisuki project (which I wrote about here) is power metal on speed, Gridlink is thrash on meth – imagine Kerry King on fast forward. Both bands share guitarist Matsubara, of Japan’s Mortalized, so the riffs are more metal and grounded than Discordance Axis’ anime seizure. 11 songs race by in under 12 minutes, a perfect length; any longer invites heart attacks. Evidently, Gridlink live sets are 15 minutes long, and rare occurrences since the band meets for only two weeks each year. They have a brief East Coast tour this August with Hayaino Daisuki and ASRA – a face-melting show, for sure. Just don’t show up late!

Severance Package
Pattern Recognition

8/14 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Charleston
8/15 – Baltimore, MD @ TBD
8/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ TBD
8/17 – Stamford, CT @ TBD
8/18 – Providence, RI @ AS220 w/ I, Destroyer
8/19 – Boston, MA @ Church of Boston

To arrange a show in a TBD city, contact Gridlink’s MySpace.

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