ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Review of the Debut Album of the Dutch Thrash Metal Band Grindpad

Updated on November 18, 2023
CELEBSFAN78 profile image

Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.


About the Band Grindpad and the Style of Their Debut Album

Grindpad which means Gravel Pad in Dutch is a thrash metal band from the city of Utrecht in the Netherlands. These guys go all the way back to 2006 and after releasing four mini albums between 2008 and 2017, they came out with their debut album called Violence. Yes, I know that the title of the album may be a deal breaker for some fans but the music on here is a refreshing form of thrash metal that also has enough melody in it to be considered a good example of modern thrash metal! In spite of the pace and intensity of the album, it is not likely to make you angry at all. Grindpad joins the bands Project Pain and Distillator adding to the growing scene of thrash metal in Holland.

A Description About the Album's Cover

The album's cover may as well have been influenced by one of those Jaws movies because it shows a crowd of people trying to have fun at the beach while a huge shark has its mouth open and ready to feed on its prey. One of the women at this beach is terrified to see that shark in its presence.

Analysis of the First Three Songs Including Toxic Terror

However, what we hear on this album has good aggressive vocals along with enough melody to fall into the category of elite thrash metal albums. Persistence pays off and it is the case for these guys. Are you ready to listen to high-tempo thrash metal that will make you feel alive? If you are, then you came to the right place. No sooner does this album start than we have the fastest opening song that at least I have heard in a long time. The song is a title that many people would skip over but the razor sharp riffs and vocals let you know that these guys are here to play thrash metal and have a great time. “Burn the Rapist” which is the second song on this album is a little more mid-tempo. The song then speeds up and has that Sepultura feel to it. The song has that get rid of everything around me mentality and by this early point in the album, it is clear that this is going to be an impressive form of thrash. “Toxic Terror” is a song that starts off with a narrated warning followed by the sound of an alarm and then the speed starts again. This song has a Metallica, Slayer, and Kreator influence in it.

A Map of Utrecht in the Netherlands the Birthplace of the Band Grindpad

How are the other songs in This Album by Grindpad?

As the album goes on, it is clear that nothing will stop these guys from playing high quality thrash metal that has a winning formula. This album is musically very sharp. The next two parts of this album are Justice Part 1: Crime and Justice Part 2: Punishment. The first part is not really a song but a short narrated part. The second part is a full song that describes a situation where there is much lawlessness and chaos on the streets as scum kinds of people dominate. However, in certain countries such as the United States, the justice system is seen as a joke and biased against members of certain groups. There is the sound of a bell in this song and there's a good chance that these Dutch guys were influenced by Metallica. Blood, Sweat, and Pride has some Slayer influenced riffing as the song describes someone that is at a party. They are told to take a deep breath and feel alive and the music on this album is a mood booster and can make you be in awe of the guitar work. “Mature Love” describes a situation where there is a family that is toxic and the members do not get along with each other even after the person's grandfather dies. This family was supposed to have a mature love for each other but it has all gone very wrong. “MK Ultra” is a song that describes what happened after victory in World War 2. There was much change in the world and in some countries, propaganda is used to control people's minds all to their detriment.

© 2020 Ara Vahanian


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)