|Death Metal, Hard Rock, Punk
July 1st, 2013
Release length: 8:47
First up is ANTiSEEN, and the obvious Rock ‘N Roll roots are display in both tracks, though “Air of Opportunity” does find a nice mixture of Punk and Speed Metal. The rougher vocals mix perfectly with the aggression behind the music, and the galloping two-step drumming sounds fantastic, especially against the stronger bass presence in some spots. This one offers up a great deal of energy that is simply infectious, unlike “Down to the Bone,” which is a more straightforward sixties Rock track. The song itself is catchy thanks to the hooks used, and the cleaner vocals in some spots add some extra range atop the included cowbell. The main issue here is the distortion doesn’t quite match what the band is going for, even giving it a slightly aggressive touch that doesn’t suit the somewhat laid back, fun Rock ‘n Roll environment it creates.
And then you’re greeted with some Death Metal courtesy of Nunslaughter. Neither track goes past two minutes, and both require you to turn the volume up for the music to hit you the right way thanks to the lower volumed bass presence. But, once you do, you’ll find two strong recordings that actually seem to be linked together, though it’s unclear if on purpose or accident. “So Vile” kicks off with some two-stepping that adds more enthusiasm to the faster riffs that quickly switch out to slower meant to be crushing material. It ends abruptly, and after a short gap of silence, much like a tense break to build the next passage, “The Burning Times” immediately explodes with hostility and hatred. If you don’t pay attention, you’ll miss the jump and think you’re still on “So Vile.” There are times where the anger gives way to catchy, headbanging music that suits the environment, and the way the two elements function together makes it stick out more than the previous cut.
This Split between ANTiSEEN and Nunslaughter is definitely an interesting pairing. In some ways it works, in others it doesn’t. Both present some solid material, though one track does greatly outshine the other of the two each present for this release. This is nearly nine minutes of new material, which will definitely satiate fans of both groups. If you happen to be new to either, it makes for a good sampler, but neither really represent what each group is capable of.
01. Air of Opportunity – 2:00
02. Down to the Bone – 3:05
|Initial Pressing Score: 6.5/10