Gridlink’s Takafumi Matsubara Announces Solo Album Featuring Members of Brutal Truth, Full of Hell, Wormrot, and More

  • Axl Rosenberg

The members of Gridlink are keeping busy this year. First, GL frontman Jon Chang launched a new band, No One Know What the Dead Think, with his former Discordance Axis bandmate Rob Marton and Cohol’s Kyosuke Nakano. Now Gridlink guitarist Takafumi Matusbara has announced that he’ll release his debut solo album, Strange, Beautiful and Fast, on September 20. According to the Bandcamp description, Strange, Beautiful and Fast was “Fueled by the passing of his great friend Hee Chung (Unholy Grave),” and “not only pays condolences to his friend but also celebrates the friendships that grindcore has brought to him through these years of ups and down due to his health.” (Remember, just a few years ago, Matsubara was afflicted with a serious infection/inflammation of the brain.)

And since it’s a celebration of friendship, Matsubara recruited a fuckton of awesome grind musicians to appear on the record, including members of Brutal Truth, Wormrot, Full of Hell, Noisear, Maruta, Kill the Client, and Organ Dealer… and that’s just to name a few. Which ups Strange, Beautiful and Fast from a must-listen to a REALLY-must-listen. I mean, check out this list of credits:

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 

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 


Dorian Rainwater from Noisear 

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 

Fuck me naked with a spoon.

Unsurprisingly, the first song from the album to be released, “Stuttered Rope,” is fucking bonkers. I highly encourage you to listen to it, which you can do below. Then go here to pre-order Strange, Beautiful and Fast.

[via Metal Injection]

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