Nuclear War Now! presents If This Is Gore, What's Meat Then?, a compilation of Agathocles' first two proper studio demos from 1988, as well its tracks from the 1990 split LP with Drudge. These recordings provide the most direct window into the birth of "mincecore," a term coined and adopted by the band to describe its raw and minimalistic form of grindcore, which stands in stark contrast to some of the more modern, polished, and technical varieties that have since arisen and to some extent drawn the genre away from its roots. Comprised of 31 tracks, each under 2 minutes in duration, this collection embodies all that made grindcore one of the most extreme forms of music during the period of its inception.
Defined by percussive frenzies that can often shift tempos by a hundred beats per minute at the drop of a hat, in conjunction with a barrage of unintelligibly grunted vocals, these songs are reflective of a "society" that, in reality, has not progressed a measurable amount beyond its cave-dwelling days. In addition to all tracks originally released on the If This Is Gore and Cabbalic Gnosticism demos, as well as the aforementioned split tracks, this LP also includes two outtakes from the Cabbalic Gnosticism recording session, in the form of covers of Napalm Death's "Deceiver" and Majesty's "Enemy Alliance."
This compilation serves both as the perfect introduction to one of grindcore's most influential bands and as a reminder to its widespread, pre-existing fanbase of how it all began three decades ago.
Tracks 1-7: If This Is Gore, What Is Meat Then? demo
Tracks 8-16: Cabbalic Gnosticism demo/7" EP
Tracks 17-18: Cabbalic Gnosticism sessions outtakes
Tracks 19-31: Agathocles/Drudge split LP