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For those of you who don't have the time or inclination to click through thousands of myspace pages for your new music fix, this inspring three-band split CD takes you straight to the good stuff. First up, Leeds trio Chickenhawk deliver two tracks of killer chaotic freaked-out prog-core, while I Breathe Spears weld black metal chainsaw guitars to a barrage of blastbeats and throat-ripping screams. Saving the best 'til last, Brightons With Scissors (featuring members of Eighties Matchbox) prove that hardcore can be inventive without losing the energy, winding up a CD that proves there is still plenty to get excited about on our doorsteps.
Ninehertz Split Review
Chickenhawk are a ****ing ace band. There's no denying it. I'm lucky enough to know they're an excellent live band. I know they're a really nice group of people. But I shouldn't - in fact, I'll state now, I won't - let these facts affect my review. So, with a clear mind and conscience, I can safely report that the two tracks on offer here are great. They are a bundle of energy - hardcore played as it should be - chaotic and riff-dominant like a Red Bull shot of adrenaline straight to the heart. They're original, yet can bring to mind the Melvins or Big Black (when the reviewer's instinct sets in - well this lame reviewer's, anyway). You get the feeling Steve Albini would love to get his hands on the production of their debut album.
This and their demo/EP, rightly lauded on these pages earlier, showcase a band truly on the up. With this, though, you get the bonus of two more bands to hear, quite probably, for the first time.
I Breathe Spears come next, and they are distinctly less impressive. It's screamy barky hardcore that's ten-a-penny on your standard toilet-venue bill, with twiddly guitars that do nothing for me. I dunno, maybe it's just me - this isn't the music of my taste for certain, and a better judge may give a fairer reflection - but as it is, their four tracks here offer little of interest (even though it does peak during their final track 'A Dagger Pointed at the Heart of Antartica').
With Scissors fare better, but only a little. There's a lot going on, and you can tell some of it is good, but only just - and that's the problem, it's crowded, a bit of a mess. They have moments which really grab the attention, but it soon becomes clouded in a hardcore frenzy. A shame really. As mentioned whenever their name appears anywhere, they feature members of Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster but this fact is barely recognisable from the music, as far as I can tell anyway.
So this split peters out unfortunately after the thrill of Chickenhawk. To be fair, as I mentioned earlier, it isn't my thing and may appeal to some from start to finish. For me, I'll still keep this at hand, but barely ever venture beyond the opening couple of tracks.
Leeds trio Chickenhawk take just over 3 minutes to annihilate any suspicion of musical conformity - right when the monastic chanting begins, just after a connon-blast of sucker-punch time changes and knife-fight energy youd expect if Dillinger Escape Plan decided to cover SOAD. It makes I Breathe Spears 'copter-blade speed, hardcore-speckled frenzy, with epic breaks and angular riffage, a comparitively easy but delightfully brutal listen. Brighton Fugazi worshippers With Scissors tie up the package with Primus loving basslines and gut-wrenching mini-dirges. A big "**** you" to anyone who thinks there's a shortage of brilliant UK bands then.
Leeds Music Scene:
Leeds dysfunctional time signature merchants Chickenhawk open this split EP in style with Perpeptucoh parts i-iii and part iv. Raging guitarwork, doom-laden drumbeats and a general penchant for all things raucous make this an interesting selection of tracks. However, this is not just pure 'noise'; though not entirely melodic to the discerning listener, for a metal band there is a definite hook. Having already witnessed this band and knowing their live performance to be superb, I can now also recommend their recorded material.
Up next we have 4 songs from I Breathe Spears. Grimy hardcore-esque warblings, a tad darker than the other bands on the EP and probably less accessible to boot, but after a few listens though I find them growing on me. Vocally nothing stands out for the band, it it just another typical metal growl, but the songs themselves are listenable.
With Scissors do not have a track that lasts over 2 minutes, so listening to their section of the CD is like a blast of dirty, angry energy, though there is an overall sense of positivity and added passion in the vocals. Outstanding track Candyman starts off softly and sweetly, then metamorphoses into a distorted wall of noise and mashed up guitar sounds. A fitting end to an EP of this nature. Fans of the metal/hardcore/post-hardcore (add made up genre here) scenes will no doubt enjoy this CD and be inspired to check out some of the related bands.
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