|Review: Nightsoil/Locusta - Nightsoil/Locusta Split|
Year released: 2007
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: March 29, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (4 Votes)
I'm pretty sure this is the first time I receive a 7" as a promo. Nightsoil and Locusta have played a number of gigs together, and now have released this split 7". The two bands play two different styles of Death Metal, though they share a few characteristics - this is pretty chaotic stuff, kind of in your face rather than technical and the music is overall pretty raw, which gives this release a bit of charm as far as I'm concerned. Nightsoil is the catchiest of the two, with memorable melodies and vocals that sound a little like a "clean screech" - screechy and somewhat decipherable vocal style. This stuff is closer to Death/Thrash than plain 'ol Death Metal. Locusta on the other hand qualifies more as a "pure" Death Metal band, with guitars reminiscent of the big U.S. Death Metal acts, with the mandatory growling vocals, and much heavier than their counterpart. Heavy and speedy drumming meets a mid to fast-paced guitar frenzy - standard Death Metal ingredients. The second song however is partly acoustic (with growling vocals still) and rather short - pretty much the quiet outro style - a Death Metal ballad if you will, which is quite a departure from everything else offered on this release. Overall, this split is a short but fun release, and even though this might limit their audience, the idea of the 7" vinyl medium is somewhat refreshing, in a "good old times" way.
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