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.
Funny to think how much has changed in this past year. Comparing where the world is now with where it was when I posted my first set of short reviews a year ago is sobering. Let’s try not to dwell on that though, and have some music instead. This month there’s words on the new single from melo-death band Eshtadur, Cornered At The Earth; artful post-punk by Russians Mirrored Lips on чичичи; hyperspeed fastcore on the split between Beartrap and Hummingbird Of Death; soul-crushing black/death on Breeding Ruin by Dawn Of Tyrants; grindcore as love by The Brood on The Truth Behind; and psychedelic doom/stoner from Heavy Temple on new record Chasit. Enjoy!
According to the press release, Hyperakusi is a Swedish word meaning “sensitivity to everyday sounds”. Should that be something you suffer from, then you might want to steer away from this split between Finnish bands Resonance Cascade and Järnbörd. Whilst their versions of grindcore may not exactly be considered “everyday sounds”, they are most certainly not suited to those with sensitive hearing. Dirty, loud and uncompromising, both of these bands offer up slightly different sorts of blistering grind, making this split a riotous half hour that fans of the likes of Napalm Death and Nasum will surely enjoy.
Following on from Part I, which can be read here, here is the second installment of my favourite releases from this year; still in alphabetical order, and still full of awesome, wonderfully diverse music. The top five will follow soon, along with a few other reflections on the past year. But in the meantime, enjoy!
There’s something to be said about a nice, clean production, where every note and lyric can be heard with clarity and precision. There’s also something to be said for the kind of production where everything is a bit of a blur, all the different elements blending in to one another in a demo-level buzz. Suffer by Chicago crust/grind band Euthanized is definitely an example of the later. The raw, basement quality production works in the favour of the band, giving the music that extra DIY underground edge that can really matter in music like this. That the music itself is pretty decent helps, too. Unsubtle, yet also fairly unorthodox at points, Suffer is quite diverse for such a short crust record, taking in different styles without sacrificing any power or conviction over it’s sixteen minutes.
I mentioned last month how excited I was over SubRosa coming to the UK, but that excitement has been matched this month by the announcement of a new Planes Mistaken For Stars record. I honestly never expected it to ever materalise, ever though the band have been playing shows for years since reforming. There’s few bands I hold in higher regard than those guys, so I’m very excited.
But, that’s for the future. For now, we have Bloodshed Remains offering up some hardcore Peace; Austrian D-beat/hardcore/grindcore band Six Score with Lebensräume; metallic French hardcore bruisers Pallass and their Devotion Of Souls; Yūgen from atmospheric black metal act Ashbringer; UK anti-fascist black metal band Dawn Ray’d with A Thorn, A Blight; and the pumelling split between Sea Of Bones and Ramlord. Oof!
It’s sorta amusing that I find these opening paragraphs the hardest sections to write of my monthly round-ups. Who’d have thought it? So, I’ll open this month’s by saying how incredibly excited I am that SubRosa are touring the UK in October. More Constant Than The Gods is one of my favourite albums of the past forever, and if I could go to more than one show, I would. Sadly though, work commitments mean I can only attend one performance, but I expect it will still be an excellent experience.
Anyway! This month’s short reviews take in some American power metal from Iron Fire on Among The Dead; blue-collar punk from Bong Mountain on You’re Doing Great! (For The Record); the oddly named Boobs Of Doom and their 07. (((White Noise))); Plenthora by Michael Anoia, which is a head-spinning tech-grind/hardcore/noise mix; crushing death metal from Warfather on The Grey Eminence; and ambient noise/drone/black metal from ||| (Three Parallel Lines) with their debut demo Lines And Lands.