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Review: Nightsoil/Locusta - Nightsoil/Locusta Split
Nightsoil/Locusta Split

Label: Independent
Year released: 2007
Duration: 13:30
Tracks: 4
Genre: Death Metal


Review online: March 29, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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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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