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Brainoil : Cruevo/Brainoil Split

If your into stomping, brooding and heavy sludge doom, this might be the right record for you. This split between these two US bands, will definately fulfill your dreams. This is, without any doubt, "heavy duty shit".

Coming forth from such bands as Medication Time and Squat, Cruevo kick off this split with their obviously 'Sabbath influenced music. Three lengthy songs pass by leaving you with the impression that a steamroller has just run over you. However, although their sound is generally very crusty, sludgy and heavy, the band does not forget that music should also have some melody and as such we are not only treated to groovier parts, but also to downright mellow melodic parts. This makes their sound much more enjoyable.

When it comes to the vocals, I guess the booklet says it just right. Somebody definitely has throat problems. The extreme screams are perhaps what really gives the music its low and dirty feel. Very ruff and uncompromising stuff that definitely makes me wonder how long one can keep that up without really developping some serious throat problems.

Three piece band Brainoil close this split with a lot more songs in number, but a lot shorter in length. Playing more or less in the same style as their split brothers Cruevo, their music is a little less harsh and more streamlined. More emphasis has been laid on 'Sabbathian groove but still don't expect happy stoner rock or anything (the vocals for one are just as messed up). All in all I find them the lesser of the two bands but only barely. Both bands simply do not escape one and other much when it comes to quality and style.

It is interesting to note that Tim Green who also was the engineer of the past 4 Melvins albums, recorded the Cruevo part of the split, while Brainoil's half of this album was recorded by Noah Landis of Neurosis.

All in all this is some pretty sleigh, low down and dirty sludge which will most definitely appeal to any fan of let's say Electric Wizard or Weedeater.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. To Kill the Dawn
2. Plain View
3. Razor Blades

4. Support in Numbers
5. Altered State
6. Foiled Life
7. Crumbling Foundation of Lies
8. I Won't Die
9. Through Silence
10. To the Third

Duration : Approx. 41 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
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