Creepout/Integrity "Love is… the Only Weapon" split 7"/CDPosted on Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 @ 7:25am » permalink
Released by Japanese label Juke Boxxx Record in honor of their three-date tour of Japan a little over three weeks ago, this split sees Creepout teaming up with the almighty Integrity for a handful of new tunes per band. Creepout kicks things off with three songs (one of which is a CD-only bonus track) of no frills metallic hardcore with a good balance of moderately fast power chords and crunchy midpaced breaks with gruff vocals. There's some slightly metal-based riffing thrown in here and there for good measure, but for the most part they keep things super stripped down and traditional, based around a NYHC style that has perhaps a little Clevo tinge throughout some of the slower rhythms. Integrity then follows with "Love is the Only Weapon… Let the Night Roar", which is basically two tracks in one, transitioning from a somber clean intro to plodding power chords layered with lots of chaotic lead bursts and divebombs. Then, after a brief interlude of pulsing dark ambient throbs, everything breaks open into a combination of pounding, "Systems Overload" styled runs and an almost black metal-esque riff that makes for a pretty interesting blend. The recording's a little rawer than anything I've heard from the band as of late, but that could be an intentional experiment given the rugged thickness of the mix and the way the percussion has a strangely crisp yet distant sheen happening. The two Septic Death "karaoke" covers from the split 7" with AVM are included as a bonus on the CD version, as is a lengthy unlisted experimental noise track. Killer lyrics and some badass inner sleeve artwork from Integrity as well!
*The Integrity link above is for a .zip archive of the entire track via holyterror.com, for a limited time only.
The 7" is limited to just 340 copies, with the CD coming in a little higher at 666 copies pressed, though both may be hard to come by. The link below is for the label's webstore, which will be fairly useless unless you can read Japanese. But it looks like Dwid has one copy of the CD and a few 7"s for sale on eBay, and should be adding more such auctions in the future…
@ Juke Boxxx Record (CD)