If you lived in Flint Michigan, USA in the 80s, you likely worked in an auto factory. If you lived in Birmingham, England in the 80s, you likely worked in an industrial setting. If you were a teenager, you either accepted your fate or broke the mold.
In defiance of tradition, groups of punk rockers and metal-heads in these respective cities created a new sound, and consequently a new genre of music, that was too punk for metal-heads, and too heavy for punks.
Grindcore fused the anarchistic and leftist attitudes of the UK Punk scene with the speed and drunken aggression of Death Metal. When Napalm Death released Scum in 1986, world-renowned BBC DJ, John Peel, announced that ‘Grindcore’ was the fastest and most abrasive sounding music imaginable.
Immediately musicians were torn. Slave To The Grind explores the polarisation that grew in the movement between those trying to change the world and those hell bent on say ‘f**k you’ to the mainstream.
Travelling between Japan, the US, UK, Australia, Singapore, Finland and Sweden, Slave To The Grind is the first Grindcore doc capture the genre’s 35 year life span and discuss why it has persisted, and changed, over time.