Razgruha is a demolition squad from Bulgaria’s capital. They use an old school but still formidable grindcore formula of turning music into sound devastation, and they are all graduates in the art of ruination. Chances are, if you’re a member of a crust/hardcore/grind/anything-DIY punk band coming to Sofia, you might share the stage and equipment with these folks.
Air pollution, rampant nationalism, political extortion, economic policies that serve only the wealthy and corrupted elites—this is all everyday reality and lyrical topics in Razgruha’s 10 grinding ragers. Half the songs sung in Bulgarian, half in English. After many line-up changes throughout the years, their sound has really come together. I’m really glad about this.
Comparisons aside, this is straight up grindcore, no two ways about it. Ten pulverizing songs with the sheer intensity that only a truly DIY record could have. I mean, the band have recorded, mixed and mastered everything by themselves. Still a wall of sound. All in all this is a solid record.
The cassette tape that was released by the Bulgarian DIY label Kontingent Records was all sold out at its release show, actually a benefit gig for the local Food Not Bombs group where all the money from Razgruha’s merch was donated to support the cause.