Metal Review – Euglena / General Lee: Split

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Euglena / General Lee: Split
Grindcore, Hardcore
Basement Apes Industries
March 3rd, 2014
Release length: 19:06
Euglena:
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General Lee:
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Russia’s Euglena and France’s General Lee have been summoned together for a brand new Split recording. This effort is available as a free digital download on each group’s official Bandcamp page, as well as a limited edition ten-inch transparent white vinyl through Basement Apes Industries. With two songs a piece that span from Grindcore to Mathcore, does this new outing present anything worthwhile for the listener, or is it a waste of time?

Euglena is one of those bands that have existed long enough to have a full-length, but since their An Anxious Surface EP in 2010 have turned out one small release after another. This Split is no different with just two new compositions of richly atmospheric Post-Hardcore and Grindcore. “Дно” starts off incredibly grim, dark enough to satiate the appetite of Depressive Black Metal fans for about the first minute. After that things shift to Experimental chaos. Bludgeoning breakdowns, miserable atmospheres, and brief grooves bombard the listener against visceral shouting for the last roughly two minutes. That gloom filled environment carries into the almost eight minute long track “Желчь.” An extensive despair ridden passage of doom can be found in the introduction and closing, though the music shifts between abrasive blastbeat intensity and infectious hooks that only make you want a little more emotion and variation to the vocals.

After that highly impressive wave of destruction comes the contributions from General Lee. While not quite as emotional, nor does it have much of the Sludge Metal sound they have been known to infuse in their material, what is present finds the sun coming up once more. Mixtures of tight Mathcore technicality in the guitars with a commanding shouting vocal approach over a solid drum performance keeps “For Our Grand Ignorance” moving along, even during the slower break that hits about three minutes in. Meanwhile there’s “Riding the Goat,” which relies more on the complexities for the sake of melody to introduce some Post-Hardcore environments to a largely straight forward Hardcore performance that brings in some heavy authority at times.

If you’re at all into the many growing Hardcore worlds and bands within them, this recent Split through Basement Apes Industries is one worth looking into. On one hand you are given a truly miserable experence of chaos and woe, while on the other there’s a sense of hope that eases the burden from your soul. In the end, both wind up working together to create an experience that acts as the musical interpretation of the “yin” and “yang” to one’s own sense of balance and harmony. While Euglena doesn’t present the most memorable of material, General Lee still do a good job as well, making either version of this outing well worth experiencing.

Euglena:
01. Дно – 2:59
02. Желчь – 7:52

General Lee:
03. For Our Grand Ignorance – 4:29
04. Riding the Goat – 3:46

Initial Pressing Score: 8/10

Euglena
Euglena

General Lee

Digital review copy of this release provided by Basement Apes Industries.