Brain Dead/Rot in Hell "Millennial Psychosis" split 7"Posted on Monday, January 14th, 2008 @ 6:43am » permalink
Here we have a little over 12 minutes of various forms of UK hardcore on a split release between two bands and three labels: Feast of Tentacles, Rumour Control Records, and Vinyl Addict Records. As for the bands, Brain Dead kicks things off with four scathing tracks of quirky hardcore/punk that's kind of like powerviolence with a little more breathing room involved. It's not just blazing speed and hammering intensity, there are some weird riffs and tempo changes happening to keep things interesting, which is great. Rot in Hell, on the other hand, dish out two more tracks (though they really run together into one long piece) of their worship-worthy Clevo-worship, this time littered with even more quick little Integrity-esque leads and a few chunkier midpaced breaks and darker dissonant riffs for good measure. The recording's of course a little on the raw side, which works out fine, but I can't help but wonder how awesome these guys would sound if they could beef things up and get some fiery and over the top "Systems Overload" styled production values happening. They're definitely starting to master the early-Integrity songwriting style now, though, as a number of moments in this composition are dead on homages to moments from "Those Who Fear Tomorrow", so… I'm all over it. Good stuff, and I'll look forward to hearing more.