Tuesday 11 June 2013

Jagernaut/Terlarang - Split 7"

After the review Id' just posted, I realised that the last four reviews I've written all featured bands beginning with A. It wasn't planned, it just happened. This review features two band and neither begin with A. This is the 7" split from Greek grinders Jagernaut (who've featured on this blog before) and Malaysian PV brethren Terlarang. This 7" was released in July 2012 and was a collaboration between US label Suburban White Trash, Australia's Tenzenmen, Austria's Black Trash and Greece's own Screaming Victims Records.


1. Hatred (Jagernaut)
2. Voiceless Leaders (Jagernaut)
3. Dead Sect (Jagernaut)
4. Sorry This Song Is Too Short (Terlarang)
5. Exploitation Becomes Power (Terlarang)
6. Hero Behind The...(Terlarang)
7. Greed As You Are (Terlarang)
8. Betrayed...Lair...(Terlarang)

Jagernaut fill their side with three tracks worth of raw, fast hardcore-influenced grind. Hatred starts things off with a low-fi sound and deep-growled vox. The riffs are pretty furious during Voiceless Leaders. Jagernaut like to keep them on the low side though. Chances are, you'll be checking this out if you're already a fan of grind/power violence. Jagernaut's Euro style is subtly refreshing and they harness the power of many of their Greek compatriots. Dead Sect absolutely slays and then ends abruptly.

Terlarang have five songs on the record and their sound varies from that of Jagernaut. There's more treble in the guitar and it sounds thicker too. If you thought Jagernaut's songs were fast too, then you'll find Terlarang's fly by in the blink of an eye. During Sorry This Song Is Too Short, after a long instrumental build up you're left with rapid, short shrieking vocals, which last about ten seconds. Terlarang switch on the punk with Exploitation Becomes Power. At sixty-one seconds, there's no room for messing about. Hero Behind The... is just absolutely chaotic from start to finish, with the drums being pounded constantly while Greed As You Are pretty much batters you in exactly the same way. Both songs last a mere minute and a half. It's left to last track Betrayed...Liar... to put the nail in the coffin. Nail you it does, with one final hit of shrieking, grinding madness.

This may be an acquired taste to some, but it's well worth losing your bodily functions over. From the rawness, deep sound of Jagernaut to the less composed and more chaotic noise of Terlarang, you've got yourself two bands that complement each other and steamroll everyone else.

Listen to the 7" in it's entirety here:-

It's available from Suburban White Trash's bandcamp page above as a pay-what-you-want download, but you can buy physical copies from the below places:-

Suburban White Trash - http://www.suburbanwhitetrashrecords.com/
Tenzenmen - http://tenzenmen.com/releases/
Black Trash Records - http://blacktrashrecords.bigcartel.com/
Screaming Victims - http://www.screamingvictims.blogspot.gr/

Jagernaut Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Jagernautwar
Terlarang Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/TERLARANG

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