Metal Review – Cannabis Corpse / Ghoul: Splatterhash Split

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Cannabis Corpse / Ghoul: Splatterhash Split
Crossover Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Grindcore
Tankcrimes Records
January 7th, 2014
Release length: 12:37
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Cannabis Corpse and Ghoul: Two notorious bands that the underground Death Metal world can’t get enough of. When you get them together for a brand new split release through the highly respectable Tankcrimes Records, then you’ve got a match made in Hell. Splatterhash Split includes two brand new buzz-worthy cuts each on a brand new twelve-inch vinyl. But is the titans of cannabis-sparked splatter meeting the ghouls of Creepsylvania worth lighting up, or does this release fail to even give the slightest contact high?

First up is Cannabis Corpse, and “The Inhalation Plague” is a blunt assault (no pun intended) that finds a nice twang to the bass against aggressive low-tuned guitars and drums. For the most part it’s chaotic, but hints of groove and infectious technicality keep the song moderately engaging. Sadly, while the enthusiasm is appreciated, it doesn’t really grab the listener like it should. “Shatter Their Bongs,” however, manages to grip anyone hearing it by the throat at the start and end thanks to the punishing bass kicks, aggressive vocals, and a strong guitar solo that’s way too short. Sadly about a minute thirty that grip does go a bit limp heading into a relatively short slam breakdown that just doesn’t leave much of an impact.

While Cannabis Corpse‘s offerings are enjoyable for what they are, it’s Ghoul that steals the show. “Inner Sanctum” offers an eerie atmosphere through the rich buzzing of the guitars and many hooks that make the additional Crossover Thrash influence undeniable, as well as incredibly fun. The guitar solo around three-and-a-half minutes in does find some odd distortions that are a bit out of place, giving its b-movie vibe more of a temporary Science Fiction push. The song really bares it’s fangs as you push towards the four minute mark, picking up in speed, as well as some additional leads that make the conclusion a rather haunting experience before the Grindcore-heavy “Spill Your Guts” goes straight for the jugular with tight, hostile riffs. About half way through some two-step Crossover is pushed through that feels natural, as well as is impossible to fight the urge to at least punch the nearest living thing to the rhythm.

Splatterhash Split doesn’t find Cannabis Corpse at their finest, but it does reaffirm what makes both of these bands stand out. Brute strength and old-school aggression litter this offering from two of Death Metal’s most important leaders of the underground, all while offering two incredibly dynamically different experiences that capture the true spirit of classic Metal brutality. Let’s face it, if you’re a fan of one band, you’re a fan of the other, making Splatterhash a true delight for new and old listeners alike.

Cannabis Corpse:
01. The Inhalation Plague – 2:42
02. Shatter Their Bongs – 3:07

Ghoul:
03. Inner Sanctum – 5:06
04. Spill Your Guts – 1:43

Initial Pressing Score: 8/10

Cannabis Corpse
Cannabis Corpse

Ghoul
Ghoul

Digital review copy of this release provided by Tankcrimes Records via Earsplit PR.