|Death Metal, Doom Metal, Stoner Metal
Southern Lord Records
Novemnber 26th, 2013
Release length: 29:09
Underground powerhouse Noothgrush kicks the split off with the crushingly addicting “Humandemic.” The deep tuning of the guitars and Doom Metal pace makes an interesting mixture of Stoner Rock and Metal style riffs against a nightmarish backdrop. What upbeat elements exist are quickly wiped away with the foreboding “Jundland Wastes,” punishing you with trudging, oppressive guitars, and drums that sounds like a march to one’s own demise. Towards the end there is a bit of technicality for what seems like an extended solo before just stopping. “Thoth” has echoing spoken word intellectual ramblings throughout, pushing what an atmosphere of a seriously bad acid trip. The nine minute offering features some of the slowest material on the vinyl with abrasive vocals in unison to the rhythm, making it feel like your skin is being violently scrubbed away with sandpaper.
On the other side is two contributions from Coffins. The initial narcotic haze is replaced with dismal deep riffs and strong bass presence that creeps along, accentuated with a strong focus on cymbals and guttural vocals. “Drown in Revelation” smashes away at your face in with blunt chords and atmospheres until the slam breakdown about five minutes in spends a good sixty seconds decimating you before shifting to a nice Death Metal groove that leaves your coprse behind. “The Wretched Pain” picks up where the previous track left off, hitting you with heavy music at a steady pace mixed with slower galloping passages. It’s both intimidating and fun, utilizing the thick, creepy distortion to make head banging with a broke neck to the throwback of Death Metal glory mandatory.
As if there was any doubt, the twelve-inch Noothgrush and Coffins Split is a surprising team-up of brutality and haze that works perfectly. While the contributions aren’t quite even with the amount of time given, or even the number of tracks, both bands approach the release with quality material that Doom Metal fans will lovingly embrace. If you haven’t heard of either band then now is the best time to sample what they have to offer. There’s no reason to ignore this dismal Split twelve-inch release from Southern Lord Recordings, and it makes the perfect stocking stuffer for the metal head in your family.
01. Humandemic – 3:26
02. Jundland Wastes – 4:55
03. Thoth – 9:01
|Initial Pressing Score: 9/10