Takafumi Matsubara, the brutal grindcore artist and former member of American band Gridlink, has shared ‘Stuttered Rope‘, the lead single of his upcoming LP ‘Strange, Beautiful And Fast‘ featuring sludge metal band Full of Hell’s Dylan Walker on vocals. The short track also features Matsubara’s former Gridlink bandmate Bryan Fajardo (on drums, of course), and Black Ganion bassist Hiroyuki Uno.

The single is the first of seventeen tracks on ‘Strange, Beautiful And Fast‘,  an album dedicated to Matsubara’s friend Hee-Chung, drummer of Unholy Grave, who passed away in January of 2015. The LP which has been four years in the making is said to be not only paying condolences to Hee-Chung, but also “celebrates the friendships that grindcore has brought to him through these years of up’s and down due to his health.” The mutual love of “fast and strange music” is what binds the exorbitant amount of featured artists together with Matsubara on this latest album.

You can listen to ‘Stuttered Rope‘ below and peruse the tracklist of ‘Strange, Beautiful And Fast‘ as well as the extensive list of featured artists organized by instrument. ‘Strange, Beautiful And Fast‘ is out September 20th.

Sarah Medeiros


1. Stuttered Rope

2. Ice Pick

3. मेटिन लागेको अक्षर

4. Dignity 尊厳

5. Halo of Lies

6. Void Walker

7. Path to Isolation

8. 無極

9. Pull Out My Eyes

10. Controlled Matrix of Thought

11. Disparity

12. Fate of fear

13. S.A.M

14. Filius Lapis

15. Crawlspace

16. Abstract Maelstroms

17. Selfish Vow

Featured Artists:


Bryan Fajardo from P.L.F/Cognizant

Kenta Nakanishi from Palm

Surya Pun from Chepang

Lee Fisher from Fawn Limbs/Alphanumeric

Eric Schnee from Organ Dealer

Atsushi Amano from ex Red Run Amber

Hoonee Jo from Banran/Mortalized

Shinya Yoshida from Completed Exposition

Vijesh Ghariwala from Wormrot

Richard Hoak from Total Fucking Destruction

Hee Chung from Naqro/Unholy Grave

Balazs Pandi from Merzbow

Bass –

Tatsuya from ex World Downfall

Hiroyuki Uno from Black Ganion

Irving Lopez from Cognizant

Yosuke Ueda from Completed Exposition

Yasuhito Fuchibe from Completed Exposition

Bass Synth –

Hiroyuki Uno from Black Ganion

Noise –


Guitar –

Dorian Rainwater from Noisear

Vocal –

Dylan Walker from Full Of Hell

Sanshiro From Mortalized

Toshihiko Takahashi from Palm

Bhotey Gore from Chepang

Mitchell Luna from Maruta

Champ Morgan from Kill The Client

Alan Dubin from Gnaw/Khanate

Yosuke Ueda from Completed Exposition

Yasuhito Fuchibe from Completed Exposition

Yuki Uyama from Completed Exposition

Dorian Rainwater

Mitsuhiro Chris from Pleasure And The Pain/ Naquro

Band –

Sebastian And Antigama