Split – ‘In Union We Thrash’

Warning!  This will blow your fucking brains out!

Introducing an immense collaboration between members of Soul Collector (‘Thrashmageddon’) and Reanimator.  (‘Horns Up’).

Intro – It Is Time – Nice rain effect intro.  Always wins me over.  Sinister, yet beautiful acoustic riff intro, soon followed by the heaviest, most ball-breaking drum and riff section, continuing with the rain and ending on a macabre, funereal church bell tolling in the wind and all the time, a creepy rhythmic clipping, percussive tone plays in the background, along with an even creepier dark laugh, revealing itself intermittently.  If ‘Black Sabbath’ ever freaked you out, this will have you reaching for the lights and pulling the covers up over your head, to keep out the ghouls that lurk within the darkest recesses of your room.

The Pledge – Fucking hell!  That drum intro just scared the shit out of me.  Riffs to kill and loaded with heavy as fuck drum and riff sections and a voice to get inside your skull and weird you out for all eternity!  WTF?! I’ve honestly never heard vocals like these in my life.  It lies beyond description.  From the mid-section on, you’ll just be hit by amazing riffage, killer melodies, with maximum impact, to thrill like little else.  Ending on an awesomely metal drum fill – it’s simply metal as fuck!

Never Enough – More sombre, downtuned intro, initially, for the briefest of moments, before rapidly seguing into a classic ‘Hit The Lights’ riff.  Exciting, alive and truly awe-inspiring.  Those vocals are incredible.  They deserve an award for sheer, mind blowing, unique originality.  As does the sound and production quality.  Metallica fans, bow down and kiss the earth, cos here, you’re gonna be in heaven.  Great vocal harmonies aswell as some of the heaviest, most truly vibrant, epic, brain-slamming riffs and drum rolls you’ll hear this side of the grave.  Spectacular.  Brilliant ending).  If you do nothing else this year, listen to this and marvel at those wacky, weird and somehow, irresistible vocals.  It’ll blow your mind.

1968 – Banging intro.  As steel as it gets.  Catchy as hell, injecting more melody into those otherworldly vocals.  Hard as hell and beefy as you’ll hear – this just screams metal. Whoa! What’s that faint lawnmower sound I hear?  Is that Split, mowing down and decimating everyone in their path?  More than likely.  Fuck me, these drums and riffs get harder and heavier till you just want to scream!  If there’s one thing this band get top marks for, its enthusiasm and sincerity.  You’re gonna love this to the death.  God Damn, that track just raised so much pen drumming paradise, my pen flew out of my hand.  The stuff of magic.

Peaceful Eradication – Crash! And straight in there again, with even more of that metallic mayhem.  It rocks, it rolls, it batters the place in and razes it to the ground.  Some very welcome Slayeresque touches here.  Power ramped up to beyond the max.  Stunning momentum.  Few bands manage to keep up this level of energy and that’s got to be admired.  A few Testament nods there aswell.  Always very pleasing.  Metal vitality in spades and then some.

Beyond That Burning Mask – Cheekily misleadingly faded down intro, till it suddenly blazes back into life again.  The vocals here are more classically metal, with some sludgy tones here and there.  Loud, proud and strong.  Real emphasis on the riffs and those startlingly powerful vocals just get stronger and stronger till the end.  Full-scale metal territory.

The Abominatour – Oh yes!  Crazy riff intro to this, quickly chased by not just more of those ace vocals, but also some really catchy, strong vocal harmonies, fitting very nicely indeed.  Brief sinister tones, before crackling back into life and cranking it back up again, to raise the roof.  This has just reminded me of the ending on Judas Priest’s ‘Ram It Down’.  Closing with an affecting riff based steel echo –  that’s what you call a metal statement!

The Mosh Master – What a title!  A metal drumming avalanche, combined with emphatic vocals and heavily powered riffs.  I can hear lots of Testament and Slayer here and it works so well.  These harmonies were simply made for this track.  Perfect cohesion and it sums up its title well).

Rush For The Mosh – This’ll wake you up fast!  Nothing like metal of this calibre to pick you up and keep you up.  Rapid paced, catchy as fuck, engaging, involving and passionate.  You have to love it and there’s no two ways about it.  Just as with the preceding track, it summarises its title amazingly well.  Get. In. The. Pit. 

Overall – 100% metal purity.

10/10 **********

For fans of Metallica, Testament, Slayer, Judas Priest, power/speed and NWOBHM.





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