Hirudinea/Watchmaker split CDPosted on Monday, November 13th, 2006 @ 9:09am » permalink
This raging split from Bestial Onslaught Productions offers up a total of 11 tracks in 35 minutes from these two raw, fierce Boston metal acts. Hirudinea kicks things off with four tunes that plow through everything from blistering power violence-esque grind to borderline black metal intensity in terms of speed and dissonance, so one minute it might be thick, twisted, discordant slow to midpaced poundings and the next blazing, caustic chords tearing away with no remorse. The multi-vocal attack offers a range of grunts, snarls, screams, and yells that's actually very fucking cool, and aids in creating the surprisingly tangible (if not memorable) vibe that this material holds. I'd never expect such mangled and uncompromising tracks to be so damn energetic, but these cats are definitely onto something, and I'm into it.
Watchmaker follows with seven shorter, faster, rawer songs that are of course jammed to capacity with their token brand of completely insane and over the top chaos. This is definitely some of their most grimy and abrasive material to date, complete with a super fuzzy bass tone that's damn near louder than the searing guitars. The vocals are as maniacal as ever, shrieking and screaming their way through various degrees of lunacy with plenty of backing shouts and yells to aid in the attack. They basically blast through track after track with nary an inch of breathing room (just some of the most vicious and piercing feedback I've ever fucking heard – no shit), at times breaking down into fits of damn near complete caustic noise and random vocal torture – leaving the drums and bits of bass to hold down most of the "structure"… before suddenly taking a turn towards rugged old school thrash for closer "Destroyer of Heaven and Earth"!? Madness. Utter madness. These dudes are just nuts…
I'm not sure where the hell you can get your hands on this thing as none of my normal stops are stocking it, and there's not even a mention of the release on the Bestial Onslaught website!? I'd recommend contacting the bands directly via their MySpace pages (see links above) as they're most likely selling copies on their own, if nothing else… so hit 'em up!