HOUKAGO GRIND TIME: “Cruel Grinder’s Thesis” Video Playing At Gore Grinder; Koncertos Of Kawaiiness: Stealing Jon Chang’s Ideas, A Book By Andrew Lee Album By Ripped To Shreds Guitarist Nears August Release

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San Jose, California-based HOUKAGO GRIND TIME – the solo mincecore/goregrind act headed by Andrew Lee (Ripped To Shreds, Andrew Lee’s Heavy Metal Shrapnel, Skullsmasher) – today unveils an official video for “Cruel Grinder’s Thesis” through a premiere at the Gore Grinder YouTube channel. The new single is the latest preview of the project’s impending third album, Koncertos Of Kawaiiness: Stealing Jon Chang’s Ideas, A Book by Andrew Lee, nearing release in August.

HOUKAGO GRIND TIME’s Koncertos Of Kawaiiness: Stealing Jon Chang’s Ideas, A Book By Andrew Lee was recorded and mixed by Andrew Lee at his home studio, The Weeb Dungeon, mastered at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Artificial Brain, Krallice), and completed with cover collage and photography by Andrew Lee, logo and layout by Tom Maher (Skullbastard Art), and insert illustration by Makiko Suda.

“You Broke My Nutbladder” features guest vocals by Sleazy Derek and Mark Chen (both of Myxoma), “I Like Dubs Over Subs” features guest vocals from Joseph Schafer (Colony Drop) and Billy “Oi!” Smeer and a solo by Tom Maher (Mass Extinction, ex-Organ Dealer), and “Evolved Into Weebery” features guest vocals by Joe Warkentin (Archagathus). Fans of the rapid output of Archagathus, Dead Infection, Regurgitate, Haggus, Agathocles, Rot, and Last Days Of Humanity, get some HOUKAGO GRIND TIME.

With the new video/single, Lee reveals, “‘Cruel Grinder’s Thesis’ is our bounciest rollicking groove song off the new record, and one that always gets the floor moving live in no small part due to the Evangelion samples. Many of the songs on this record examine the perils of fandom through a lens of irony, but the lyrics of the song directly refer to the title of the record. As Jon Chang has shown us, no one should be basing their entire personality on Evangelion.”

Allow HOUKAGO GRIND TIME’s “Cruel Grinder’s Thesis” to maul you into submission at the Gore Grinder YouTube channel RIGHT HERE.

Koncertos Of Kawaiiness: Stealing Jon Chang’s Ideas, A Book by Andrew Lee will be released August 16th, digitally on Outrageous Weeb Power Productions and on CD through Obliteration Records. Find preorders and merch where “I Like Dubs Over Subs” is streaming HERE. A vinyl pressing will be released at the end of the year.

A few weeks after the release of the album, HOUKAGO GRIND TIME will travel to the UK for a run of tour dates alongside Taiwan-based Myxoma. The shows run from September 9th through 12th, hitting Newcastle, Edinburgh, Leeds, and ending with a set at Chimpyfest in London. Additional dates are expected.

9/09/2024 Little Buildings – Newcastle, UK
9/10/2024 Bannermans – Edinburgh, UK
9/11/2024 Damaged Goods – Leeds, UK
9/12/2024 Chimpyfest – London, UK

Formed in 2019, HOUKAGO GRIND TIME has deployed a substantial catalog of demos, EPs, and splits with underground grind stalwarts such as Deterioration, First Days Of Humanity, Blue Holocaust, Deterioration, Meatus, Real Life Ugly, Myxoma, Archaganini, and more. In 2020, the act’s debut album Bakyunsified (Moe To The Gore) was released through Selfmadegod Records, followed by the second album, Houkago Grind Time 2: The Second Raid, released in 2022 through Lee’s self-run Outrageous Weeb Power Productions. Since its release, the band began performing live, including the Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest pre-party earlier this year in conjunction with a release as part of the magazine’s flexi series.

Lee now presents HOUKAGO GRIND TIME’s Koncertos Of Kawaiiness: Stealing Jon Chang’s Ideas, A Book By Andrew Lee, which storms forth with a whirlwind of bowel churning vocals and hyperblasting trashcan snare. However, the album isn’t limited to just endless blasting punishment and moe anime samples, as stomping polka beats and virtuosic guitar solos inject just enough space for listeners to gasp for breath before drowning in filthy crust riffs. The natural all-acoustic all-real drum recording reveals a further evolution in Lee’s production skills, enveloped by the clear and warm drop-Z guitars. With the world so divided and turbulent, the only prescription is a double dose of friendship and cuteness, this record is guaranteed to warm your heart before ripping it out.