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Have you ever watched grainy old BBC footage of NAPALM DEATH laying down the chaos in the late '80s and wish you could have been there? OBSCENE EXTREME 2012 is going to make all your nasty little dreams come true with French grindbastards BLOCKHEADS.


Although they have a history going back to 1992 (playing with CARCASS in 1994, no less!), BLOCKHEADS are all about the now, as raw chaos bottled in the band's 2010 „GRINDCORE OVERDOSE“ live DVD and 2011 split with Swiss grinders MUMAKIL (on RELAPSE) will testify. Hair is whipped like Lee DORRIAN at his most feral, and a mighty crust-grind wall of sound is poured out into your ears with that gutter-punk punch to the face like NAPALM DEATH, NASUM and BRUTAL TRUTH at their youngest and angriest.

Bio

Brutality, consciousness, doggedness, these are some of many terms suited to describe the music and the story of BLOCKHEADS. Since about twenty years, the combo skims France and Europe, hurling continuously ultra violent Grindcore to the listeners.


In 1992, they were teenagers who after many hours of listening of Napalm Death, Carcass, Bolt Thrower and Godflesh, among others, decided to take instruments … Brutality, extreme style, Grindcore is dissected, digested by the band, a music of the most violent kind. Nor dogmatic or demagogic, but with a social and healthy consciousness, in front of a crawling individualism and a rotten world which reduces individual to a simple goods...


Hardly a few months of rehearsal, a demo tape came out in 93 and the band supported Loudblast and Carcass in Nancy in 1994. The year after, their first album LAST TRIBES was released on their own label "Blockheads Tribe". The band played more or more gigs then to support this new record. LAST TRIBES has the fury and the ardour of a first album, a shout in the shape of outlet, a Punk-Grind fury without concession... The reputation of the band started to grow out of the French borders and BLOCKHEADS was from then actively involved in the "International Grindcore scene". It was in 1997 that their first Split 7inch EP with the Death/Grind Austrian band Mastic Scum came out. At the same time, the band met the Swiss band Nostromo with whom they will share lots of gigs and multiple parties … This friendship with Nostromo will become a concrete reality in 2002 with a Split 7inch EP which was released by Molar and Shogun Records. The band shared gigs with lots of different bands coming from different scenes like Obituary, Soulfly, Knut, Inhumate, Deranged, Krisiun… In 1998, after heavy line-up changes, the band self-released its second album called WATCH OUT and BLOCKHEADS will not stop moving forward.


The band signed up with Bones Brigades Records in 2000 who suggested to them to compile LAST TRIBES and WATCH OUT albums on a single CD called FROM WOMB TO GENOCIDE. The original editions were totally out of stocks and are now today collectors. A new step is reached. It was also on Bones Brigades that the third album will be out in 2001, a Grindcore masterpiece called HUMAN PARADE. The evolution towards a more mature and more personal Grindcore is then clearly noticed by the critics. From squatts to festivals, from clubs to bars, BLOCKHEADS delivers its Grindcore to the listeners.


We are at the beginning of the new millennium when the band met Overcome Records, who proposed them to playing with… Napalm Death and Nasum! They could not refuse and BLOCKHEADS delivered a memorable concert. The band continued to play in front of a public with every time more people, played at the Fuck The Commerce in 2002 or at the Fury Fest in 2003 and the name of BLOCKHEADS will appear in lots of chronicles, interviews and other bands’ thanks list... In 2004 and 2005, the band composed and continued to perform live, sharing stages with Nasum, Converge, Napalm Death, Extreme Noise Terror, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Cephalic Carnage, among others…


2006 was the year of the 4th album, SHAPES OF MISERY, produced in the famous LB Lab studio (R.I.P.) by Stéphane Buriez, also well known as the Loudblast guitarist/singer. Twenty tracks of devastating Grindcore where BLOCKHEADS manages to register its trademark, with new influences and a much better technical execution. This aggression is supported by ultra tight drums, a guitars’ wall and the vocal power of Xav surrounded by hysterical backing vocals... After the Obscene Extreme Festival, BLOCKHEADS began the "Blasting Tour" with Mumakil and this name for such a tour was well founded. To concretize this friendship, a split with both bands came out in 2008 on Bones Brigades who will also re-press and distribute SHAPES OF MISERY after the demise of Overcome Records. The vinyl version will be released in 2009 on Up-To-Eleven Records, label of one of the guitarists.


The band takes part in the tributes to Nasum and Repulsion and continues to hurl its Grindcore in Europe, sharing stages with Brutal Truth, Ingrowing, Skitsystem, Yacopsae, Sayyadina... During the summer of 2009, the band experiences a great moment, on the Hellfest Terrorizer stages along with Napalm Death, Electric Wizard, Eyehategod, Soilent Green, Brutal truth and lots of other great bands... After some line-up changes, which postponed the recording of the follower to SHAPES OF MISERY, the band worked very hard and get out in 2009 the GRINDCORE OVERDOSE DVD, a high-quality DIY piece of Grindcore gathering 2 gigs as well as a retrospective of the band. In 2010, the Split with Mumakil was re-released in a vinyl version by Relapse Records.


In 2011, BLOCKHEADS slows down the rhythm of its live appearances to focus on its 5th album which was recorded during the second semester of 2011 in Geneva with Jéjé from Mumakil.


The band is now very excited to spit its Grindcore to the face of the world, and it will be done this summer for its second participation to the Obscene Extreme festival who will then have its 20th years of Grindcore, still and always furious and without concessions...


To be continued...


Discography

Release date Release name Media
2010 Grindcore Overdose DVD DVD
2010 Split Ep with MUMAKIL EP
2008 Shapes Of Misery Lp LP
2007 Split CD with MUMAKIL CD
2006 Shapes Of Misery CD CD
2002 Split Ep with Nostromo EP
2001 Human Parade CD CD
2000 From Womb To Genocide CD CD
1998 Watch Out CD CD
1997 Split Ep with MASTIC SCUM EP
1995 LAST TRIBES CD CD
1993 HAASHAASTAAK DEMO TAPE

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