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Rabbits / Ã…rabrot: Split 7 Inch

Portland’s Rabbits and Norway’s Ã…rabrot have come together to present two new cuts of Sludge, Punk, and Hardcore noise with a new seven inch vinyl through Eolian Empire (Fysisk Format in Europe). It’s just one song a piece, but with the latter of the two winning Spellemannprisen’s Best Metal Record with Solar Anus in 2011, you can’t help but be intrigued. One quick spin will show that both are solid contenders for the style they perform.

Ã…rabrot start with “Blood on Bunny,” and it’s a catchy, aggressive assault. The rawer production is met with a consistant tension to the music that rougher shouting works wonders with, though the bridge with nasal clean singing sounds rather off with the atmosphere presented. Thankfully it doesn’t hurt it to where you won’t enjoy yourself. “Yr in Luck” by Rabbits sounds cripser, though not much more due to the restrained from a muffled distortion and distant thudding bass kicks. The trudging Slude pace presents a slight frustration in the vocals, and the quicker drumming keeps the pace going amid slower rhythmic guitar work.

Each track has its own pros and cons. “Yr in Luck” is the most serious, and a little stronger overall, though it isn’t as engrossing despite being solid and matured. Ã…rabrot presents tension and anger that reflects in the music better and weaves a hate-filled atmosphere, but the nasal singing steps away from it, and there’s no real climax to the aforementioned tension. It’s a nice example of what both groups are capable of, enough to peak the interest of Sludge and Hardcore listeners alike, but ends up more a companion piece for their devoted fans.

Score: 7/10

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Digital review material for this article provided by Eolian Empire via Earsplit PR.