Split/Cross – Rise of Discontent

Rating: 2/5
Distributor/label URL: Self-released
Released: 2019
Buy Album [URL]: https://splitcross.bandcamp.com/releases
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/splitcrossband

Band Line-Up:

Paul Folk – Guitars (past and current bands include THRIF (The Human Race Is Filth), Exterminance, Police State, Bittered…)

Kasey Harrison – Bass/Vocals (past and current bands include THRIF (The Human Race Is Filth), Police State, Bittered….)

Matt Bear – Drums (past band includes Police State)

Tracklisting:

1. Blindspot
2. Filth March
3. Dis-seption
4. Splinter
5. Rat Cult
6. Fallen Victim
7. Rotten Cycle
8. Soaked Ground

Review:

Split/Cross are a grindcore/crust punk/D-beat/sludge/doom group from South Central PA, USA. They are for fans of Napalm Death, Dropdead, Nails, Helhammer, etc. They shout against injustice in their material, as well as through different musical endeavours such as ‘The Human Race Is Filth’ and the now disbanded ‘Police Sate’. The band’s debut album ‘Rise of Discontent’ has been released digitally on Bandcamp and hard copies will be available once they get the necessary funds/support.

Don’t be fooled by all the genres these people are influenced by, you could simply just describe their work as ‘grindcore’ with extreme tempo changes. Certainly don’t expect a refreshing merging of genres that will transform your life. The music may be very exciting and lots of fun, but the songs are the kind that could be easily written in under an hour. It’s just detuned muddy sounding stuff with everyday, evil/raging chord progressions. Even the samples these people use aren’t particularly interesting. In the opening song ‘Blindspot’ a very famous speech is heard over the instruments; the one that goes ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!’

The drumming is more skilled than the guitars which can be easily performed by beginners, but they also lack creativity. You just get not to extreme blast beats in the fast sections, and plodding drums in the slower sections. If that’s what you into, just buy some early Napalm Death. It sounds very similar, the only difference is S/C can’t boast of any kind of innovation, and it’s a little less on the wild side. The production is very thick and powerful however, so get ready for a prolonged eardrum attack.

To sum up: Fun, fun, fun, but that’s it. As everything is so ridiculously simple, the music will be easy to get bored with. If you’re new to this kind of stuff, you may love it even, but if not, and maybe if you play some heavy metal instruments and know your music theory, you will likely realise it is very mediocre. To be fair, grindcore isn’t known for being overly complex, so the negative traits that I have brought up may not be negative at all to you if you’re a fan of the genre. Just be warned.

Review by Simon Wiedemann
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