Rope and Knife are up first, and offer us two tracks with a total playing time of just under eight minutes.
This is a one-man project that plays grim, despair-inducing black metal, operating somewhere between the depressive and atmospheric styles.
Room Full of Angels immediately opens with a very darkly emotive riff, and I can tell I’m going to like this straight away. This is merely reinforced when the low-in-the-mix screams come in, and I’m hooked. Constructed around feelings of hopelessness and horror, the song is effortlessly atmospheric and full of gritty misery.
Revelations is the next song, offering us more of the same feelings of loss, only this time weighted slightly more to the atmospheric side of the equation, rather than the depressive one. Although it should be noted that this latter side still has a decent presence, and there’s more than enough negativity seeping out of Revelation‘s dark pores to get lost in.
Both of these songs are based around simple, highly emotive riffs, and this clarity of vision and purpose suits them very well.
In complete contrast to Rope and Knife, Metal Eater give us four minutes of crusty grindcore; three tracks played in the old-school style.
Although very different to Rope and Knife’s contribution, Try to Die also opens up Metal Eater’s side of the release with a very infectious riff. As the song progresses it’s clear that Metal Eater have a flair for catchy, grinding guitars.
Bread really brings the old-school hardcore influences to the foreground and proceeds to spend just over a minute combining this with spiky riffing and plenty of attitude. Metal Eater are making it apparent that in lieu of insane speed or anything like that, they operate better with groove and riff-hungry passion.
Call You Mine is probably the most grindcore song of the three, with some hefty old-school vibes coming off the track in waves.
All three songs combine these aforementioned elements in one way or another, and the band have impressed with their crusty, old-school, short stabs of riff-heavy ugliness.
This is my first encounter with both of these bands, and it’s been a very positive one. Although very different, both sides are very enjoyable.
Make sure you check out this split and discover some great new music.