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Gasp : Gasp/Noothgrush Split

At first I thought Gasp was going to be a doom/sludge band as the first half minute is exactly that. Then the grincore and noisecore kicked in. Having listened to the whole track, it actually turned out to be a very chaotic mix of the above plus some other weird elements like industrial soundscapes and an odd noise which sounded very like someone torturing a piano. Top it all off with the standard scream-your-lungs-out vokills and you have a pretty good idea of what Gasp sounds like.

There's little doubt that this band is a highly original one. Fans of "we do as we like, and if you don't like it, fuck off!" bands with an extreme attitude, like the US band Sloth would definitely enjoy this. But for the majority of doomsters, I'd hazard to say that this wouldn't be your cup of tea.

Noothgrush is nowhere near as chaotic as Gasp track on this split but their music is still a little out of the ordinary. They usually play doom/sludge in the vein of Grief, but this time they probably lie closer to the other top name in the doom/sludge sub-genre; Eyehategod. Still they haven't exactly done anything to make their music less sick and hateful.

For those who don't have an extensive knowledge of the doom/sludge genre I'm going to add this second explanation as well; this is mid-paced doom/sludge driven by deep-seated self-hatred; no self pity or sorrow, just brutal, mental masochism.

While Noothgrush has several other really great releases behind them, Gasp has only one other as far as we know. Hence this 7" would probably be of more interest to their fans than those of Noothgrush. But on the other hand fans of Noothgrush won't be disappointed either.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Love for The Retarded Strands

2. Starvation

Duration : Approx. 10 minutes

Visit the Gasp bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
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