Friday, 14 November 2014

Oblivionized/Razoreater/Let It Die - This Is Stuck On A Name


Earlier in the year, three bastions of the UK grind/fast scene played a gig at Nottingham venue Stuck On A Name. It featured Oblivionized, Razoreater and Let It Die. It was filmed and recorded live for a split tape that featured both Oblivionized and Razoreater. It was released on swish purple tape by Witch Hunter Records. This review features the live sets from all three bands, including Let It Die's that wasn't committed to tape, as well as various videos.

This one of those moments where I freely admit that I'm gutted I wasn't there. All three bands are really tight live and don't mess about with histrionics. They demonstrate enviable morals and genuine work ethics, while also proving that the UK heavy music scene is a true force to be reckoned with.

Tape Tracklist:-

Side A - Razoreater - 

1. Drown Your Daughters
2. Filth Scheming, Shrill Screaming
3. Strangle Your Sons
4. I, Dreadnought
5. Weyward Covern
6. Eeyore (Slipknot Cover)
7. Necropolitan

Side B - Oblivionized - 

1. Pathetic, Like Everyone Else
2. Lower Your Expectations
3. Cry Yourself To Ash
4. 57% Old
5. Your Mouth Is A Wound 
6. Life Is A Struggle, Give Up
7. Whore Dogs

8. You’re Spineless

Let It Die

I’m starting this review with Let It Die and their set from the gig. It wasn’t committed to tape, but was made available as a special digital bonus for the release. I can’t think of a band that would have been more perfect to open this gig. The live recording manages to capture their intensity straight from the off. Ringing feedback, thick riffs and an overall battering of grind is really all you need. The quality of the mixing and the volume of the recording places you right in the venue with them.

I grew up with an impression of live-recordings that left me a bit let-down. Big arena bands never seemed to cut the mustard and the sound was always pretty weak, this time however; it’s entirely different. The dedication to Oskar Thomas, who tragically took his own life around the time of the gig also provides a poignant snapshot of the true emotion of Let it Die’s performance. 

The sound of the new song mid-way through was huge. The sludge riffs and full-on musical barrage leave no room for breath or respite. It’s the same story throughout the rest of their sub-twenty minute set. The whole thing transports me back to when I first heard their demo. A more than fitting way to start things off.

Razoreater

Next up was Razoreater, starting with Drown Your Daughters (which you should be familiar with if you picked up their split with Iced Out last year. Let It Die’s set was strong, so following them would have been difficult but the momentum was carried with aplomb. The metallic heft of Razoreater’s grinding hardcore was represented brilliantly.

Their other contribution to the Iced Out split, Strangle Your Sons was also included in their set and sounds every bit as nuts as it did on that piece of wax. At this point, I’m wondering why I haven’t seen Razoreater live more often. Various things have conspired against me in the past and I’m hoping that my luck changes in the future. 

I realise it’s tough to place yourself in the middle of this gig if you weren’t there, but you don’t need to worry as you get treated to a candid retort about male genitalia that will likely remind you of it for weeks to come. Well, that and the heaviness that Razoreater spew forth throughout their set, which also include a sneaky Slipknot cover. 

Oblivionized

Oblivionized are pretty much one of the most technical grind bands that our fair isle has to offer. This set underlines that point. A three-piece that can make as much noise as the bands that preceded them says it all. Sammy Unwin’s guitar on opener Pathetic, Like Everyone Else is a joy to behold. From here on in their math leanings take the stage, in the least pretentious way possible. Will Merlin’s drumming makes you think it’s being played by someone with eight arms, such is the pace.

This set underlines the sheer breathe of their musical offering. From the head-spinning grind to the sludge-filled dirge, nothing is sacred and all is laid bare. Plus, Zac’s delivery befits his mysterious persona. Oblivionized keep things punchy and brief. There’s no opulence on display, just pure unadulterated rage und blast. 

It’s hard to sum up this review without gushing uber-praise on all three bands here. More bands should do this though, as the format and the delivery worked flawlessly in my opinion. Chris of Witch Hunter was in attendance and set all this in motion, along with Stuck On A Name. Without them, this would not have been possible and a moment in time would not have been captured. Whether you’re familiar with these bands or not, you owe it to yourself to grab this tape and the added digital goodness that is Let It Die’s set. 

You can stream the Razoreater and Oblivionized sets here via Witch Hunter Records here - 




Videos from those sets are available below - 







You purchase the tape from Witch Hunter Records via the link below or grab it digitally from the bandcamp page above

http://witchhunterrecords.bigcartel.com/

Let It Die Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/LetItDie
Razoreater Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Razoreater
Oblivionized Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Oblivionized
Witch Hunter Records Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/WitchHunterRecords

It’s hard to sum up this review without gushing uber-praise on all three bands here. More bands should do this though, as the format and the delivery worked flawlessly in my opinion. Chris of Witch Hunter was in attendance and set the tape in motion, while the the vision and the gig was sorted out by The Bloated Corpse Of Punk along with Stuck On A Name. Without them, this would not have been possible and a moment in time would not have been captured. Whether you’re familiar with these bands or not, you owe it to yourself to grab this tape and the added digital goodness that is Let It Die’s set. 

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