Gruntruck
Self-Titled
(Found Recordings)

If you were keeping tabs on grunge bands in the early ’90s, you probably remember Gruntruck. A supergroup born out of members of Skin Yard, Soundgarden, The Accused and Final Warning, while the Seattle rockers embraced all the elements of grunge, they also brought a heavier, darker influence to the table. Albums on respectable labels like Empty and Roadrunner built them a loyal fanbase, and metal heads watching Headbanger’s Ball we’re on board with Gruntruck’s metallic take on the Seattle sound. Tragically, major label legal nightmares would take the spirit and finances out of the band, and frontman Ben McMillan passed away as this third album sat shelved until 2017.

A logical extension from where they were in their heyday, Found is an aggressive, noisey, and tuneful take on what Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains and Soundgarden we’re doing at their peak. Often sounding like a pre Sub Pop alt-rock band cutting their teeth in dimly lit night clubs, the chunky basslines and chaotic melody present brings to mind Staley, Vedder and Cobain on steroids. A band who never got their due, had this come out in 1997 when it was recorded, there’s little doubt it would have propelled Gruntruck into the spotlight.

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