What a surprise – and a pleasant one! I’ve encountered Nephrectomy and Gangrene Discharge previously, so I’d known what to expect, but – thanks to Samuele Lami from Eyes Of The Dead Productions – this was my first time I’ve been exposed to Anus Tumor and their offering, which, although not really goregrind, it’s perfect.
And Anus Tumor opens this 3-way split with 9 songs of great sounding grindcore. Or maybe it’s crust, or maybe just a punk with more brutal vokills. I am not here to argue the genres, but I can you this. Melodic, however, without losing the brutal edge, with two vokills, and ocassional solos too!!! Like what more you could possibly ask for. Btw, guitar riffs remind me of some old school death metal bands, and hard to say if it’s a legacy of the musicians responsible, or intentional songwriting, but whatever the case, it resonates positively with yours truly (listen to the opening to “Stop Animal Slaughter – Eath Human Flesh (Part. 3)” for example). One of the instant classics is “No God, No State, No Caliphate”.
Last two songs (i. e. song #8 and #9) are the bonus tracks from unreleased Lymphatic Phlegm Tribute compilation from 2016 and – naturally – the sounds differs from the first 7 songs, but still, this is the gore-infused balsam for my ears, people!
Nephrectomy are well known, I guess (see? Even I know them!), and their 4 songs are just as perfect. Their mix of slowly rothing tunes and faster passages spiced up with great sounding vokill makes sure the whole CD doesn’t sound just as another run-of-the-mill stuff. Probably the only complaint here would be not enough of Nephrectomy!!! That sick vokill just rules, no doubt about it! Best song is hard to choose, but after some re-listens, the honour goes to “Facial Abuse Flashback” and if you listen to it, you’ll know why.
And third to the party is Bobby Maggard and his Gangrene Discharge. I’m not gonna shy away from stating the obvious – his stuff is fucking great.
The songwriting simplicity is what all three bands/projects here have in common, but Bobby definitely leads the way in terms of speed and vokills and his 18 songs (among those one cover of “Everything Goes Wrong) originally by Brick In A Cop’s Face) rightfully prove why he’s considered one of the main personalities in gorenoise genre.
I will go as far as stating, that this split is one of the best to recommend for those seeking to “up” their game of listening to more extreme stuff without compromising the melody (yes, I’ve said it – the MELODY!). All three bands present different takes on the fringe genres in the underground and thanks to them this 43:14 long split CD doesn’t contain a boring second.
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