Countdown to MDF X: (30) Noothgrush

The best thing about a band called Noothgrush is that you are not going to get a lot of irrelevant links in your search engine results for them. Well, except for that one weird thing that sits atop a toothbrush in the Dr. Seuss book, There’s a Wocket in My Pocket.

This band plays crushingly heavy, misanthropic sludge that rolls over you like a Panzer VIII tank. If they actually follow The Devil’s Blood on Saturday afternoon, May 26, of the 2012 Maryland Deathfest, as the running order indicates, then I will view them as a welcomed relief.

Noothgrush’s music is incredibly powerful, cathartic, melodic, trudging and emotive. And frankly sometimes that just feels really good. Why sweat to all the rush, rush of thrash metal? Why scowl and grimace to all the “serious business” and blast beats of  black metal? Take a break. Catch your breath. Clutch some “invisible oranges” and enjoy a little Noothgrush with me. They released an album, Noothgrush, in the fall of 201l, and I love the album cover (shown right), which is apparently their take on the Seussian toothbrush menace.

Formed in 1994 in Oakland, California, the group’s current line-up includes Gary Niederhoff – bass/vocals, Russ Kent – guitars, and Chiyo Nukaga – drums. The group split up back in 2001 but have since reunited and are playing gigs here and there.  Right before MDF X, Noothgrush will be on tour with Alderbaran in Europe. Check out their Facebook page.

The following song includes my favorite Richard Nixon quote ever.

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