Tuesday 28 August 2018

Aseethe/Snow Burial - Split

Labels: Hand Of Death Records
Formats: Tape/Digital
Release Date: 29 Jun 2018


1. Aseethe - Wrong
2. Snow Burial - Sever The Bloodline

Amongst all of the fast and grinding heaviness that I listen to, doom and post-metal are equally as important to me. This split is one that I've known about for a while and indeed one that has been out for a couple of months now, though I'm late to the party hence this review. Both Aseethe and Snow Burial are from the US (Iowa, IA and Chicago, IL respectively). Aseethe has been playing slow and heavy doom since 2007, releasing a number of EPs, Splits and two full-lengths to date. Snow Burial has released two EPs and a full-length since their formation in 2013. Aseethe has just finished touring with Yakuza in the States while Snow Burial toured Europe earlier with this year with our very own Monolithian.

Headache inducing guitar feedback is your intro to this split and Aseethe’s Wrong. Their doom is slow but is also groovy in an unexpected way. The vocals are a mix of deep bellows and higher-pitched growls while the drums and bass rattle you to your foundations. At times it’s oddly psychedelic but it’s never upbeat. It’s not all low and slow though as the final sixty-seconds or so is made of jangly, off-kilter metal that rules hard!

Snow Burial’s musical endeavours on Sever The Bloodline make for equally as excited listening. The pace is upped and the melody too, while the band’s post-metal provides glimpses of light and dark at the same time. The vocals flit between full-on shouts and semi-clean singing. There’s a political slant to it all as well, as the samples elude to. The riffs are sometimes fuzzy, the bass is up in the mix and the drumming keeps everything in check really well.

Both Aseethe and Snow Burial go very well together on this split. Neither band truly conforms to their chosen genre conventions and are both experimental leaning, which means that their aesthetic and approaches are refreshing and highly enjoyable. This split may be brief but it’s extremely good value musically. 

You can stream Aseethe's track Wrong below:-

The split is available to purchase on tape and digitally above.

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