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War from a Harlot's Mouth / Burning Skies: Split EP
Grindcore, Hardcore
Lifeforce Records
May 7th, 2010
Release length: 16:22
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This Split EP between Hardcore acts War From A Harlots Mouth and Burning Skies is actually a really impressive, hard hitting romp of Hardcore styles, Grindcore blast beats, and a genuine Metal authority. It also shows some great friendship between the bands based on how the EP is set up, each band having three original tracks, a cover track from the other act, and one silly “bonus track” as they call it near the end. While this bonus track is out of place on the final track listing for this release, there’s more then enough intensity found on this release to bring fans and new listeners back for more.

Both bands on this split really do put forward a very energetic performance. The three songs that War From A Harlot’s Mouth contribute are easily the most Hardcore based tracks off the album, and of the two bands, these are the tracks that make the least impact. That’s not saying that the music is bad, as these tracks still hit you hard with some intense Hardcore music with really intense screams that have just enough distortion that they come off monsterous, especially at the end of the track “Omega” when they layer the vocals a little bit. There are breakdowns on these tracks, but the one that really matters is the one that closes out “Monolith”, which isn’t all that wise a move since it winds up ultimately clashing against the already established intensity of the song and seems to also take it off beat from the rest as it closes the track. “Omega” kicks right in before the song actually manages to ring out, which is great and brings back the intensity the band seemed to remove on “Monolith”, but the band also incorporates a breakdown like on “Monolith” here, but at least it does work with the song a bit and isn’t as obtrusive to the overall flow of the track.

Burning Skies is really the gem of this release, blending a Hardcore sound that will make the fans of this style wanna get up and dance, especially during the song “Shitfarmer” with it’s heavy and fast paced Hardcore riffs, as well as the intensity of Grindcore to create an overall punishing sound that really grabs the listener by the throat. Atop the three stunning and intense originals, the band’s cover of the War From A Harlot’s Mouth” track “RKD” was highly enjoyable as well by really bringing in the band’s more recent Grindcore sound to the Hardcore intensity the original track has. The War From A Harlot’s Mouth cover of Burning Skies‘ track “Killing Dwarves With Keytars” is a great cover of the song and they really capture the intensity of the drumming very well. The only oddball element to the song is the odd, almost womanly “woo hoo” that appears in the song and actually stops the music for a brief second. However, if you listened to the “bonus track” before this one, it should come as no surprise it was included.

“Trife Life” is apparently a bonus track, and it clearly is, but it really is misplaced. The song is one of those human beat box type of songs as far as the music goes, and what sounds like an Eric Cartman of South Park impersonation. The song is clearly meant to be a joke but it’s just so silly it’s hard to listen to even once and will have you scrambling for the skip button once the fake female “seductive” rapping kicks in, and then scrambling for a gun when the actual male joke rapping kicks in. This song almost seems to bleed into the cover of “Killing Drwarves with Keytars”, hence why the “woo hoo” comes at no surprise upon listening to it, even though it really could have been omitted and serves no real purpose on the song at all. Another odd moment with this track is at the end where the song just seems to be cut off before the scream is actually done. Whether this is intentional or just some sort of glitch in the copy provided by Lifeforce Records is unclear, but if it’s in the official pressing, it’ll leave you scratching your head as to why it was cut off to leave the song feel unfinished by maybe one second.

So there you have it. Had that one song been placed at the very end of this EP, maybe with five additional seconds of silence at the start of the track, it would have flowed just so much smoother. But, thanks to technology today, we can move that, or completely omit it, for future spins of this release, but that would entail putting it to your hard drive and doing excess work you shouldn’t have had to do in the first place. Either way, this EP is great and will have you coming back for more play time thanks to the pure intensity and Grindcore brutallity that comes through your speakers.

War from a Harlot’s Mouth
01. The Shape of Nothing To Come – 2:14
02. Monolith – 1:10
03. Omega – 1:16

Burning Skies
04. Precision Crippling – 1:50
05. Shitfarmer – 2:00
06. Morbid Engel – 2:07
07. RKD (Burning Skies cover) – 2:26
08. Trife Life (Burning Skies/War From A Harlots Mouth) – 1:26
09. Fighting Dwarves With Keytars – 1:48

Overall Score: 7/10
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War from a Harlot's Mouth (Logo)Digital review copy of this release provided by Lifeforce Records.