Groinchurn

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Groinchurn initially started of as a grind side project of Mark Chapman (guitar) and Sergio Christina (drummer) who at the time played in a brutal death metal band called Sepsis.

The plan was that they would do the vocals themselves, but they realised that they needed a vocalist on the day of recording their first demo “Human Filth” in March 1994.

They decided to ask Christo Bester (bass/vox), who at the time played in another local death metal band called Desecrator, to help them out.

The first demo was recorded in a days time at a small local 8-track “studio”; and the release showed a lot of influences of other grind bands at that stage like Terrorizer , Napalm Death, Brutal Truth , etc.

Things seemed to work between the members and they decided to play one show - as a promo for the demo tape in a local club in the Vaal Triangle. It was clear that they had something special when they played live and they decided to do it again and again and again...

Late 1994 the second demo “every dog has it's decay” was released and the band started to distro it in the underground.” Every Dog “ continued where the band left off in with Human Filth, but they started to incorporate some more deathmetal and hardcore influences.

In mid 1995 the band received an opportunity to appear on a 4 way split CD & ”Four Ways to Misery “released by MMI in Germany. This was the first material to be available in CD format.

Late 1995 saw the band competing in the South African battle of the bands (hard rock/metal category) where they came second last.

In 1996 the band continued to promote themselves in the underground , and appeared on various compilations and some split seven inches and in the second half of the year - being suckers for punishment - they entered the battle of the bands again , this time they won, making it possible to afford some decent equipment with the prize money.

In December 1997 the band entered B# Studios (where the band has always recorded before and after) to record their first (self financed) album called “sixtimesnine”.

The first album is characterised by the heaviness and the good production, as well as some guitar melodies, various types of vocals, etc.

The band received very good feedback from this release (released in feb 1997) and probably on the strength of this Morbid Records (Germany) asked the band to support Krabathor (Czech - the way of true deathmetal) and the goregrind legends Sanitysdawn in September/October 1997.

This was the first time for the band on foreign shores (up to that stage only one other South African band - VOD - had managed to play in Europe). The tour went very well, after the tour Morbid Records offered to release the next Groinchurn album – “fink” Early 1998 new friends Krabathor came to play a few shows in South Africa and being the first brutal band here in ages (the only bands that has ever played in South Africa up until today are Napalm Death and Carcass and Smokey.

The album “Fink” came out in mid 1998 and it showed a wide spectrum of influences and good production. The band was then preparing for a European tour at the end of 1998 with Brutal Truth , but plans for this fell through. The band returned to Europe in September 1999, where they played some festivals and a few one of shows which proved to be very successful.

In feb/march 2000 the band entered the studio to record their 3'rd album titled “whoami”, the strongest album to date, the band start moving away from the tried and tested grind formula to songs that include much more hardcore influences as well as a variety of other styles.

After the recording of whoami the band headed for Europe again in April 2000 where they played another short tour with Krabathor (now with Paul Speckman - master - fronting the band). From Europe they moved over to America (which included a one off show in London), where, with the kind help of Rich Hoak - deaf American/tfd, to play a few shows in the Philedelphia / New York area.

Upon their return the band played South Africa's two major rock festivals , landing good playing slots in both. Due to the fact that the extreme music community in South Africa is relatively small, the band started plans to relocate to Europe in 2001 for six months, initially their then label Morbid Records was going to going to help them with the relocation to Germany but for various reasons this did not happen.

Not deterred by this the band decided to go ahead with their plans anyway, but settling on the Czech Republic as a home base due to the fact that it's cheap and also the great Petr Hejtmanek - ex Krabathor manager - who offered to help them out with getting a place to live.

The band arrived in Europe in April 2001 and played three tours with Germany's Yiu Drakh , the legendary Macarbe , and the truly evil Totalfuckingdestruction as well as a bunch of small to medium festivals in between. This period in Europe also seemed to be the point where interpersonal relationships were stretched to the limit, `Mark announced his departure from the band.

The band returned to South Africa in October 2001 and split up.

The band reunited briefly to open for Sepultura on their South African tour in 2014. A world tour to mark 25 years of Groinchurn is being considered for 2019.

Christo Bester: Bass, vocals
Mark Chapman: Guitar, vocals
Sergio Christina: Drums

Christo Bester has recently gone on to form an Afrikaans (!) grindcore band by the name of Insek.
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Albums

none Groinchurn - Promo'95 (All The Way From Africa !) album art Groinchurn Promo'95 (All The Way From Africa !)(Cass, Promo) Not On Label none South Africa 1995 Sell This Version
MMI 023 Groinchurn - Four Ways To Misery album art Caesarean Section / Nyctophobic / Winter Of Discontent / Groinchurn Caesarean Section / Nyctophobic / Winter Of Discontent / Groinchurn - Four Ways To Misery(CD) MMI Records MMI 023 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
ANT 006 Groinchurn - Split Tape album art Groinchurn / Mindfart Groinchurn / Mindfart - Split Tape(Cass, C60) Abnormal Tapes ANT 006 Slovenia 1995 Sell This Version
008 Groinchurn - The End album art Groinchurn / Necrose Groinchurn / Necrose - The End(Cass) Axioma Promotions 008 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
Groinchurn - Sixtimesnine album art Groinchurn Sixtimesnine (Album) Happy Hamster Records, Marbil Entertainment, Happy Hamster Records, Marbil Entertainment South Africa 1997 Sell This Version
Groinchurn - Fink album art Groinchurn Fink (Album) Morbid Records (2) Germany 1998 Sell This Version
Groinchurn - Whoami album art Groinchurn Whoami (Album, Comp) Morbid Records (2) South Africa 2000 Sell This Version
GT001 Groinchurn - Sutek Conspiracy / Groinchurn album art Sutek Conspiracy / Groinchurn Sutek Conspiracy / Groinchurn - Sutek Conspiracy / Groinchurn(CD) Give & Take Records GT001 South Africa 2001 Sell This Version
MUT:011 Groinchurn - Grindattack! An Extreme Compilation album art Groinchurn / Stomachal Corrosion / Parental Advisory (2) / Desecration (4) / CHC* Groinchurn / Stomachal Corrosion / Parental Advisory (2) / Desecration (4) / CHC* - Grindattack! An Extreme Compilation(CD) Mutilation Records MUT:011 Brazil 2001 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Groinchurn - Groinchurn / Captain Three Leg album art Groinchurn / Captain Three Leg* Groinchurn / Captain Three Leg* - Groinchurn / Captain Three Leg Fudgeworthy Records US 1996 Sell This Version
001 Groinchurn - Die Stimme Seines Herrn album art Groinchurn Die Stimme Seines Herrn(7") Icy Illusions 001 Czech Republic 1996 Sell This Version
P.A.R. 003 Groinchurn - Toad Lee / Wojczech album art Groinchurn / Wojczech Groinchurn / Wojczech - Toad Lee / Wojczech(7") Pain Art P.A.R. 003 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
Groinchurn - Already Dead album art Groinchurn Already Dead (EP) Happy Hamster Records, Dark Ages South Africa 1998 Sell This Version
MR 045 Groinchurn - Surgery For The Dead / I Don't Think So album art Haemorrhage / Groinchurn Haemorrhage / Groinchurn - Surgery For The Dead / I Don't Think So(7", EP) Morbid Records (2) MR 045 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
TOMB 003 Groinchurn - Kill For The Devil / Musical Holocaust album art Groinchurn / Grimness Groinchurn / Grimness - Kill For The Devil / Musical Holocaust(7", EP) Ecatombe Produzioni TOMB 003 Italy 2001 Sell This Version
XR 005 Groinchurn - The Last Embrace / I's Believe album art Warspite / Groinchurn Warspite / Groinchurn - The Last Embrace / I's Believe(7", Ltd, Num, Ora) Xetal Records XR 005 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
none Groinchurn - Live: 03.09.2001: Arena Bar, Vienna / Untitled album art Groinchurn / Intestinal Infection Groinchurn / Intestinal Infection - Live: 03.09.2001: Arena Bar, Vienna / Untitled(7") Noise Variations none Germany 2002 Sell This Version

Compilations

MLR 015 Groinchurn - The Rise Of Brutality / Already Dead album art Krabathor / Groinchurn Krabathor / Groinchurn - The Rise Of Brutality / Already Dead(Cass, Comp) Mad Lion Records MLR 015 Poland 2000 Sell This Version
Groinchurn - Thuck - Grinding South Africore, The Early Days album art Groinchurn Thuck - Grinding South Africore, The Early Days (Comp) Mad Lion Records Poland 2001 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

Groinchurn - Every Dog Has It's Decay album art Groinchurn Every Dog Has It's Decay Not On Label South Africa 1994 Sell This Version
none Groinchurn - Human Filth album art Groinchurn Human Filth(Cass) Not On Label none South Africa 1994 Sell This Version
GT003 Groinchurn - Split Cd album art Groinchurn / Hellblazer (2) Groinchurn / Hellblazer (2) - Split Cd(CDr) Give & Take Records GT003 South Africa 2003 Sell This Version
none Groinchurn - 3 Way Live Tape album art Entrails Massacre / Unholy Grave / Groinchurn Entrails Massacre / Unholy Grave / Groinchurn - 3 Way Live Tape(Cass) Not On Label none Unknown Sell This Version