Sloth have a tendency to do splits with all sorts of punk rock, hardcore and crust bands. They do splits with doom bands as well, but the majority of them are with bands in the three first categories mentioned. So why Sloth decides to do aggressive hardcore tracks when they at last do take a split with a doom band, is rather hard to understand. The answer is probably lies in the fact that Sloth always do things their way and none other.
Saying that Sloth is only playing aggressive hardcore on this split is kind of wrong though. Their first track, 'At The Wake', is actually a very relaxing and gloomy electonica track. The second track is a badass hardcore track which seems to be a parody on the bands that play so-called "war metal". The third track is a sludgecore track with zero doom in it. Instead it stays almost melodyless and neutral in a way. Being named 'Cunt Lust' it's no wonder that it's about sex, but not exactly in a positive way.
Upsidedown Cross is a rather original doom band. The sludgy riffs are watered out 50/50 with a mixture of psychedelic rock, early punk rock and traditional metal. A better way to describe their sound might be to say that if Sex Pistols ever played doom metal, then it would definitely have sounded like this. Actually the vocals of Upsidedown Cross are stunningly similar to those of Johnny Rotten from the aforementioned punk band.
Sloth's half of the split is interesting only for those who enjoy bastard hardcore acts, but Upsidedown Cross' side would definitely interest a lot of doom fans. Although it is hard to find normal doom bands to compare them with, it'll probably appeal the most to sludge/doom and extreme traditional doom fans.
1. At The Wake
2. Total War Massacre
3. Cunt Lust
4. Vampire In The Mirror
Duration : Approx. 10 minutes
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