Moscow-based crossover-hardcore, metal, rap mob Siberian Meat Grinder are back with a brand new record ‘Metal Bear Stomp’ which continues their onslaught of headbanging and breakdown filled tracks. Frontman and founder of the band Vladimir Siberian had to say about the record “It’s our step towards creating an ultimate street-music, mixing everything we love – thrash-metal, hip-hop, hardcore punk, graffiti…”. With such a diverse and interesting mix of genres used by Siberian Meat Grinder, who better to talk to about their influences? Vladimir let us know 5 songs that made the band into what they are today.
IRON MAIDEN – 2 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT
Without a doubt, Iron Maiden played the biggest part in inspiring both Siberian Meat Grinder and myself as a musician. The first time I heard them I was 12, and right there and then it was revealed to me that music was the energy that made the world go around and I had to do everything within my ability to gain control of that energy.
It’s hard to pick a favorite among all their masterpieces, but since I have to make a choice it would be ‘2 Minutes To Midnight’. That track is not just great musically – the lyrics and the official video packed with mysterious cults, dark symbols and foreboding atmosphere showed us that the mood of any given song can be conveyed not just through the music itself. I think you can see traces of this track’s influence in a lot of SMG‘s lore, lyrics and music videos.
BIOHAZARD – PUNISHMENT
Back in the 90’s metalheads and rappers in Russia had a blood feud. Violence was quite prevalent and there was no way to sit on the fence – you had to choose a side. I was standing firmly with the metal kids.
However, seeing ‘Punishment’ on a bootleg VHS brought up the first glimpses of doubt in my heart – a gloomy skidrow backdrop, musicians looking like a combination of both rappers and metalheads, a raspy rap flow over heavy metal riffs… This track introduced me to rap music. So the abundance of hip hop in SMG is owed to Biohazard, as well as Beastie Boys, Dog Eat Dog and Rage Against The Machine.
WU-TANG CLAN – PROTECT YA NECK
The main rap-group in human history if you ask me: charismatic members with distinct personalities, amazing flow filled with metaphors and references, genre-defining beats and production, well-conceived and strictly maintained lore and legend behind the band, inspired by a mix of Kung-Fu flicks and realities of urban ghettos. A separate nod to RZA, who has expanded the lore of Wu-Tang into other industries, including the movie ‘Ghost Dog: A Way of the Samurai (albeit with a Japanese theme) and his own Kung-Fu flick ‘A Man With The Iron Fists’ that he made with Tarantino.
SMG‘s references, quotes and rip-offs of Wu-Tang are hard to count – even a cover for our EP ‘Face the Clan’ on Destiny Records was directly inspired by Wu-Tang logo. ‘Protect Ya Neck is just one track off their masterpiece album ‘Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’.
SPAZZ – CRUSH KILL DESTROY
Spazz was an insane amalgamation of riffs, drum beats, triple vocals and arrangements where super fast parts alternated with slower, catchy intermissions. With added Hip Hop samples. Songs about graffiti (members of Spazz were part of a known West Coast crew 625) references to books, video games, street culture etc. All of this became a foundation for what SMG is about and we pay our dues with bountiful references to Spazz. Unfortunately I never had a chance to see them live, but was honoured to personally meet Hirax Max from Spazz at a show of one of his bands What Happens Next? in California in the early 2000s.
NON-PHIXION – BLACK HELICOPTERS
Extremely dark, hair-raising beats, sophisticated rhyming structures with lyrics covering various themes from conspirology, religious cults, apocalyptic prophecies, aliens, gang fights – all peppered with references to famous metal bands.
Heavy metal was a big part of this rap band’s identity, which is obvious from their lyrics, plentiful sampling of metal songs, cover-art rip-off of Voivod and numerous featuring tracks with metal musicians. All this showed me again that metal and hip hop could walk hand in hand.
‘Black Helicopters’ is particularly interesting. Once, while in New York at an Ill Bill show (one of the members of Non-Phixion) we somehow got into a physical altercation with another group of people during this track and Ill Bill, being upset that we were drawing all the attention away from him, threw an empty water bottle at us. It all ended peacefully after all.
Siberian Meat Grinder‘s new album ‘Metal Bear Stomp’ is out now via Destiny Records and you can order physical copies from EMP (here) and digital copies from iTunes(here) You can follow the band via their Facebook (here).