Shiteater / Clit Eastwood – Shit Clit Split

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Label: Blackened Death Records

You’ll probably be unsurprised to learn that Shit Clit Split isn’t the most sophisticated of listens. Featuring one-man act Shiteater from the UK, who play old-school, disgusting death metal, and US grind/crust/powerviolence band Clit Eastwood, this is a split for those who don’t take their lyrics too seriously, but still want to hear killer riffs. The contrasting styles of the two bands play off well against each other, and there’s a lot of energy and fun to be found here, but its inherently OTT lyrical nature is both its greatest strength and biggest weakness.

Following introductory track ‘Invoking The Shitstorm’ – a literal description if there ever was one – Shiteater open the split. ‘Where Chyme Forever Rains’ unleashes Shiteater’s riff-heavy, pummeling brand of death metal. It’s distinctly old-school in feel, with a strong sense of groove and muscular feel. ‘Internal Parasitic Kingdom’ showcases a slower, almost death-doom approach at points that’s not far removed from early Peaceville releases, whilst ‘Shrine Of Strangulated Infants’ is a short burst of speed and aggression. It’s a varied offering, that’s only really let down by the drum sound. One-man bands are often constrained by what’s available to them in terms of drum programming, and it’s the obvious weak link here – not to the extent that it spoils the tracks, but it’s hard not to imagine how much better they’d sound with live drums, or at least a sound that isn’t so clinical. Assuming, of course, that you can stomach the lyrical themes. The side ends with a cover of ‘Maneater’ by Hall And Oates, which will be stuck in your head for days. It’s a straightforward death metal cover of old pop, overloaded with double-bass and relentless guitars, and it’s great fun.

Clit Eastwood’s side of Shit Clit Split is much shorter, packing 8 tracks of fast, grinding crusty powerviolence in to less than 9 minutes. There’s a bit of a fastcore feel at points, with the riffs having great energy to them, and vocalist Ryoko is an absolute beast. Their side absolutely races by, but there’s enough variety in the songs for them not just to be a whirlwind of energy (though there’s plenty of that!). ‘Miyagi Vs Munster’ isn’t far removed from early Ramones-esque punk, and the sense of immature fun is present and correct in song titles like ‘Jingle Balls’ and ‘The Good, The Bad, And The Moist’. That they close with a cover of ‘Happy Family’ by The Ramones (with slight lyric changes) is fitting, and totally in keeping with the preceding tracks, going a long way to helping explain the poppy, heavily melodic feel to some of the earlier riffs. It’s totally juvenile, and absolutely enjoyable.

A split of bands united in spirit if not sound, then, but one where those differences serve each band well, emphasizing the strengths of their respective sounds. Your enjoyment will wholly depend on how comfortable you are with the lyrical themes though, as they can be quite disgustingly direct and literal at times, but complaining about that is like complaining about orthodox black metal bands singing about Satan. Accept it for what it is, and you’ll have fun – something too often missing in metal.

Shit Clit Split can be streamed and downloaded via Bandcamp.

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