Hereby I would report you that the split season of 2018 has been successfully started. The given split represents an ultimate aural bashing of thy ears by four rather extreme gangs extracted from the sickest depths of the underground. Firstly, Canadas unmatched Death/Grind stormtroopers unleash their portion of groove-dependent brutality upon us. "Mouth Breather" is such an awesome tune and it kills from the start till the end. It blends a totally mind-blowing mix of orgiastic riffs, hysterical screams/ growls and super-fast drumming with often-used gravity blasts. "The Beer Demon" continues without giving you a single chance to survive. After being torn to shreds in its first half, the pace of guitar riffs slowly turns down and the song ends in quite a strange or let is say chaotic manner. The third piece is "Circling the Drain", which most of the time is about the crazy techniques, but features a few really cool stop-and-go riffs too. Hammering the brains out well plus ending by a riff-massif reminiscent to DEVOURMENT. Slamming at its best! "Allergic to All Cities" follows it. That song-title is just awesome the same way as the musical parts of it. If you want madness, you will get it! Their repertoire ends with the bulldozer-like tunes of "More Hate" and as I suppose this is their kind of dedication towards the Russian label itself. Frenetic song, no doubt! And the party goes on with five real short cuts presented by Russias MEAT CUTTING FLOOR. The quartet pays attention to have as many grooves and fun-oriented flicks as possible, whilst proudly wandering in the valleys of Gore & Grind. Fans of COCK AND BALL TORTURE are warmly encouraged to listen to their part of the split. Position three on this CD was conquered by JAPANISCHE KAMPFHÖRSPIELE. Germanys unrepeatable writers of combat radio dramas have victoriously returned with 6 freshly-recorded versions of some of their best old-school classics. Their method of integrating elements of Thrash Metal, Death Metal and Punk into Grindcore seems really effective. Especially if one does it such professionally as they do! The flow and destructive combination of energy and dynamism during their songs are vital and at the same time lethal as well. At some parts I have had felt the definite influence of the MACABRE/SEPULTURA pair. Freaking awesome stuff to be honest, which worth every penny! Do you ever had the chance to listen to Ukraines BRUD? Well, the recently reunited grind-perverts demonstrate their newest and best songs to date. The seven gore-infested pieces are all about to smash your face as fast as they can. From catchy grooves to ultra-deep pig snorts you can find almost everything there. The palette is quite variegated so to say and it is always hard to come up with something outstanding within this genre, but these Ukrainians know how to put together the most preferable parts. The 23 compositions of this 4-way split and the fair number of cyclical plays proved me easily about the success of this collaboration.



So here we are. This is what we have been building up to. Oh my. Yes, that is right; 48 minutes of grinding mayhem. Hell yes! Ever since I first heard 2015s Time to Panic, I have been a huge fan of Nervous Impulse. Since that time they have continued to put out face-ripping deathgrind, and they are well on their way to becoming one of my favourite grindcore bands. This 4-way split is somewhat of a tribute to their 10th year of existence, and the 14 minutes that they contribute to this release showcases their muscular, ferocious brand of grind extremely well. Meat Cutting Floor have the shortest offering at just 5 minutes, but it is not without impact. Although they use speed well, they seem to have a predilection for choppy, engaging mid-paced riffs, which lends their material a confidence about it which is quite endearing. Although Japanische Kampfhörspiele have been around for quite some time, I have never heard them before. This seems to be a shame, as their tracks here are an enjoyable and energetic example of how to blend death metal and punk into a ragged, brutal beast. Apparently their contribution to this split consists of older songs rerecorded. I have no idea what the originals sound like, of course, but these versions sound pretty damn good to me. Diverse and devastating. Finishing us off we have Bruds brutal death metal/grindcore combination. The songs here are more traditionally death metal than any of the other bands on this split, and this focus has been enhanced with grinds savage brevity. All of the tracks essentially hover around the two minute mark, and during their playing time deal out deathdealing riffs, cruel blast beats, and meaty rhythms with ease. Yep, I could definitely hear more from this group. This split release is a great example of why I love this style of music. Four bands, all which sound actually quite different and distinct from each other, letting loose with great fistfuls of mayhem and carnage in an enjoyably nasty fashion. 48 minutes is looooong for a grindcore release, (as well as this column), but the playing time just flies by. Okay, deep breath now….GGRRRRIIINNNNDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD!!!


This is a four way grindcore split between Nervous Impulse from Canada, Meat Cutting Floor from Russia, Japanische Kampfhörspiele from Germany, and Brud from Ukraine. Lasting a beefy 48 minutes in total, this is a vicious, frenzied collection of underground delights. Conceived as a way of celebrating the 10th anniversary of Nervous Impulses existence, it is another great release powered by this increasingly impressive band. Check out Time to Panic and Atomic Grind, to see why I like them so much. So let is take a look at each band in turn. Nervous Impulse. 5 tracks, 14 minutes. Nervous Impulse treat us to their muscularly savage brand of deathgrind, and like the rest of their work that I have heard, it is fast, furious, and murderous. With a precise surgical assault of the most brutal callousness, the band get down to their savage work with obvious enthusiasm. They blast, groove, grind, and tear their way through the material with a clear energy, one that is well-channelled into their brutal music. Showing a decent amount of variety for a band like this, these tracks easily hold your interest as they basically try to pummel and slash you to death. The songs all benefit from a strong production, and there is no mercy shown across these 5 nasty tracks at all. Yep, Nervous Impulse are rapidly becoming one of my favourite grindcore acts. Meat Cutting Floor. 5 tracks, 5 minutes. Here is a band that do not mess around; short, focused songs with plenty of groove and speed. The only song here which breaches the 60 second mark is actually a Nervous Impulse cover. There is a lot of mid-paced riffing that is very enjoyable, alongside some of the requisite faster sections of course. Meat Cutting Floor sound like the kind of band that are more than comfortable doing what they want, and this comes through in their obvious confidence. I like the singers voice a lot. He growls his way through the material with near pignoise levels of barbarity, and he does this very well indeed. Some savage screams are included too. Although Meat Cutting Floors contribution to this split is the shortest, it is not without impact. Very enjoyable indeed. Japanische Kampfhörspiele. 6 tracks, 15 minutes. This is my first encounter with this veteran grindcore band, and they turn out to be a much more ragged and wild proposition in some ways than the previous two. The songs have an energetic punk influence to them that sees the tracks rage by all fists and fury. Each of these tracks are, (apparently), rerecordings of older songs from their discography. Obviously I can not judge how similar, (or not), they are to the originals, but I can say that they are pretty damn good examples of how to cross death metal and hardcore influences well, without losing the vitality from either. It is also a relatively diverse listen, with a lot of ground covered across this 15 minutes. It is enough to make me want to hear more from this band, that is for sure. Brud. 7 tracks, 14 minutes. Closing the split we have Brud, who open up at full blast and treat us to some very tasty deathgrind. Their tracks fuse grindcores abrasive brevity with a brutal death metal influence that adopts a more traditional approach than any of the other bands on this split. Bruds tracks are concise and consistent, easily enjoyable, and full of gory carnage. All of these bands have contributed enjoyable music to this 4 way split, and what is more, they have done so in a way that highlights their own strengths and character. For all of their apparent similarities, (to the uninitiated), none of these bands really sound like any of the others at all, and anyone into brutal grindcore would be well-advised to track this down.

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