EXPLORING CYBERGRIND: What It Is & Why You Need It

Updated: Mar 18

Since the creation of heavy music, the expansion of various genres and sub-genres within the heavy music scene have created sounds far beyond what you would expect to hear from contemporary metal. Cybergrind is absolutely no exception.


Showcasing everything from blast beats to hyperpop, chip-tune heavy breakdowns to obscure electronic grindcore, and all the craziness in between, there really is nothing else like it. No other subgenre of metal, or any genre for that matter, takes all the contemporary aspects of modern music and destroys them in such a beautiful way quite like Cybergrind does.

 

Codex Orzhova's Noelle Laxton described Cybergrind best when they said:

"Cybergrind and Nintendocore, at conception, was largely about repackaging old music through sample manipulation and repurposing of recognizable aesthetic, Much as vaporwave combined 80's retrofuturism with Greek and Roman sculpture to make a point about technology being crushed before its time under the weight of capitalism, Cybergrind takes digital properties from our childhood, pitch shifts them, and destroys them as a take on the hyper disposable nature of modern media consumption"
 

Bands within the genre generally make use of drum machines, synths and midi instruments in addition to the normal distorted guitar and bass you would hear in most metal. Some bands go as far as to use midi instruments exclusively for that added electronic feel.


I had my first taste of Cybergrind back in 2008 with bands like Genghis Tron and 100deadrabbits. However, the genre itself can be traced back to the early 90's with bands like Catasexual Urge Motivation (Japan, 1992), Agoraphobic Nosebleed (United States, 1994), and The Berzerker (Australia, 1995).

In fact, a lot of early Cybergrind acts had little to no metal influence at all.


Since then, there has been a large influx of projects with various sounds that have helped pave the way to a new generation of experimental music.


There are dozens of projects i could spend hours discussing but i'll share a few of my personal favourites for you below.



ZOMBIESHARK!

Angry, aggressive and heavier than dark matter, Zombieshark! is a staple of modern Cybergrind. Fusing aspects of Deathcore and Grindcore with industrial synths and vocal FX unmatched in the modern scene, Zombieshark! continues to redefine what a one person band can be.


Favourite tracks:


  1. H3llw0rld_

  2. Red Pyramids Kill Each Other

  3. Computer Kidz Unite


Bandcamp - https://zombieshark.bandcamp.com/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ZOMBIESHARKpa/

Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/artist/18K9AAgJqUVkquLVd6PJc7?si=XP6pa5MkQcqmrokuchLp6w&utm_source=copy-link


 

CODEX ORZHOVA

If you gave a Nintendo a guitar and taught it to write proggy riffs, the end result would be something like Codex Orzhova. In fact, some of the synths on their tracks were recorded using a Gameboy. Combining elements of Mathcore and Nintendocore with a touch of that MySpace era vibe, Codex Orzhova is a breath of fresh air with a hint of familiarity.



Favourite Tracks:


  1. Programmed To Die

  2. Bodies Beneath The Wheel

  3. Set Yourself On Fire



Bandcamp - https://codexorzhova.bandcamp.com/releases

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/codexorzhova/

Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/artist/5bwffaHLZUdXUj4Ny2QCLy?si=xKFcEoHfRk-46KzOPswKoQ&utm_source=copy-link

 

THOTCRIME

A little math, a little grind, and a whole lot of sass, Thotcrime is a nicely wrapped package with a deadly delivery. This is one of the most versatile Cybergrind projects I've come across, ranging from synth heavy midi madness to a more alternative, hard-core mix, reminiscent of bands like Foxy Shazam.


Favourite tracks:


  1. Rawr!

  2. Don't Talk To Me Until I've Vored My Morning Coffee

  3. Manic Panic Attack


Bandcamp - https://thtcrime.bandcamp.com/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/thotcrimeband/

Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/artist/1VUYbwXCTxDT7U9KCNTEnE?si=FziwU3XMT3KE9iIUTgQ8wQ&utm_source=copy-link