Tuesday, 21 July 2009


Title: Demo 1
Format: CDr-only self-released demo pressing (no label identified), possibly released circa 2000, no catalogue reference.
Edition: Hand-numbered edition of 13 only

Track Listing:

01. Butcher XTC 2.43
02. Let's Kill 2.26
03. Ballad Of A Gore Angel 2.05
04. Torture 1.38
05. Holyday in Frostland 2.25

The great thing about collecting anything is that no matter how long you do it for, or how much you think you know about the subject, there's always something that will come out of the blue to fox you!

Take this, for example. Some while ago this demo CDr - number #12 of the 13 - popped through my door in the midst of a parcel of items from Alex that I'd bought. "Hmmmm, never heard of Guts For Dinner" thought Nazgul, and an internet search proved to draw an absolute blank too. Other than finding one other demo being similarly titled but relating to a completely different band, it was a project seemingly with no history whatever.

However, pressing on Nazgul did stumble across one singular line on a website I cannot now find, which suggested that G.F.D. was none other than a grindcore band of our very own Alex Wieser. As it turns out, Alex recorded the demo as a surprise for a friend of his who is a grindcore nut, and as such it was a one-off sort of a project that virtually no one has ever heard about. Until now!

So, adding to the list of Alex's many bands/projects with all of their many and various styles we have another one, folks - Guts For Dinner, with their grindcore approach to life, the universe and everything.

Now, Nazgul does not pretend to be an expert on grindcore and indeed bands in the genre that Nazgul has heard did not exactly set his pulses racing. Not to say they're bad bands, just not Nazgul's cup of Jack Daniels. Indeed, for those (as I) unsure of the definition of the genre, the Wikipedia entry for grindcore reads as follows:

"Grindcore, often shortened to grind, is an extreme music genre that emerged during the mid–1980s. It draws inspiration from some of the most abrasive music genres – including death metal, industrial music, noise and the more extreme varieties of hardcore punk.

Grindcore is characterized by heavily distorted, down-tuned guitars, high speed tempo, blast beats, and vocals which consist of growls and high-pitched screams. Early groups like Siege and Napalm Death are accredited for laying the groundwork for the style. It is most prevalent today in North America and Europe, with popular contributors such as Brutal Truth and Nasum. Lyrical themes range from a primary focus on social and political concerns, to gorey subject matter and black humour."

Judging by the screams, blast-beats, short song lengths and vocals which sound like a man drowning in a bucket of his own vomit, I'd say Alex had nailed the genre pretty well with this demo!

A second pressing of this demo was recently released on the Smell The Stench label including one additional bonus track, in a split release with Bonemachine called "Gore vs. War" I'll be covering that in a future Blog, but for all Bonemachine fans who'd bought this latter release and were wondering about the origins of Guts For Dinner....now you know!

Almost certain never to be seen at a distro near you, this rare piece may prove to be one of the hardest of Alex's project demos to find in years to come.

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