First Impressions: Arsonists Get All The Girls – Portals

First Impressions is a segment where we let you into our early thoughts on a highly anticipated album, This week, we have our early views on Arsonists Get All The Girls’ Portals. It drops July 14, 2009.


Grindcore is a world I discovered a bit later than most, but nonetheless fell in love with it. Everyone has their sub-genre they crave, but I have tried to explore every reach of it at least once and the thing I find to most often be a problem is evolution after the first record. Sure, kids go crazy for 90 sec. songs of sheer brutality, but you can’t get away with that forever. Arsonists Get All The Girls [or AGATG] made quite a name for themselves before even signing with Century Media Records for being one of the heaviest, most ludicrous acts in the music world. Often put alongside See You Next Tuesday [who the are taking on tour with them soon], AGATG have a rabid fanbase who will surely be harsh critics of whatever the band puts out next. Well, that wait ends on July 14, 2009 with the release of the unendingly complex Portals. The grindcore chaos is still very relevant throughout, however the use of synth and somewhat deeper work on song structures have given something new to a genre filled with common ground sounds. Portals will change how people look at grindcore. The layers throughout the record simply leave you stunned. It takes multiple listens to even comprehend everything the band is throwing at us on any given track. Early contenders for best song include, “In The Empyreans,” “Violence in Fluid Triceratops” and “To Playact in Static.”

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