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I've always wondered why this split was released as two 7 inches instead of on one 10 inch vinyl. It surely must be much cheaper to do it that way. I suppose it has something to do with the split 7" tradition that is so widespread in the punk and core scenes or perhaps it's just because the label wanted to do something different. Something different that would make people remember this split as unique. Whatever the reason behind it, it is truly the bands on the split that make it memorable.

The first side of the first 7" has the music of Dystopia imprinted on it. Dystopia play doomy crust with sludge tendencies. The track starts and ends with sarcastic spoken sections between a father and son. It gives a good insight into what the song is all about. This is quite helpful actually as it can be incredibly hard to understand what the aggressive snarling means. Nonetheless a great track for fans of grim crust.

Next band out is the late Noothgrush. The track 'Procreation Of The Wicked' is a Celtic Frost cover and is also the last track to be released by the band. The track makes it apparent that Noothgrush did not break up because they had lost their touch. They are as grim and hateful as they've ever been which just makes it all the more horrible that they broke up after this recording.

The first side of the second 7" is a live track by Bongzilla, a doomy stoner/sludge band from Wisconsin. The not so live version of 'Gestation' can be found on the band's album 'Stash', which was released in 1999. Despite being more influenced by stoner/sludge than doom, the music should still be quite attractive for fans of EyeHateGod. I guess this raw yet slightly grooving sludge is what's been labeled "southern sludgecore".

The last band playing is one of the biggest names within the doom/sludge genre: Corrupted. As usual they have chosen the Spanish language for their lyrics. The track is entitled 'Nieve', which means snow, and it really has a sound that is more wintery than Corrupted's regular sound. Though there are no actual musical elements from black metal, the same snow-covered forest feeling can be found within. Also, as is usually the case, Corrupted puts out a track that is longer than any of the other bands on the split.

It's always good to get a good amount of music for your money, and this split may cost a little more than you'll get back in terms of length. Still, I have absolutely no complaints about any of the tracks and if you like doom/sludge or raw sludgecore in general, you will definitely be satisfied with this.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Diary Of A Battered Child
2. Procreation Of The Wicked

1. Gestation
2. Nieve

Duration : Approx. 19 mins.

Visit the Bongzilla bandpage.

Reviewed on 15-03-2009 by Arnstein Petersen
Forever Autumn
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