Hatred Surge/Insect Warfare
Split


5.0
classic

Review

by Attis USER (12 Reviews)
February 4th, 2012 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Memories.

Mere 48 hours have passed since my relatively well-received review of Spoonful of Vicodin's charming compilation album and it's time to review another forgotten classic in the grindviolence genre, a split between two big names in contemporary music, Hatred Surge and Insect Warfare. Just so you all know, a split album is a music album which includes tracks by two or more separate artists.

Sometimes, you stumble upon an album so immersive and impactful, albums filled to the brim with so much personality and appeal bordering on mysticism, that you can't help but feel that you and the album are destined for each other and no one understands the album better than you, a bond that is both powerful and everlasting. Its sort of like Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, if they had been in a good movie. And that's the feeling I got when I listened to Split yesterday for the second time.

The Hatred Surge side will be the centerpiece of this review, and for a damn good reason. Clocking in at like 3 minutes, the 6 songs present are the sonic definiton of hate and insanity. If you thought early Anal Cunt was the be-all and end-all of the noisecore genre, just wait til you listen to this. Deconstruction pales in comparison. Actually, most other grind performances pale in comparison. Except Terrorizer. And maybe Pig Destroyer.

The most striking feature the listener will notice are the vocals, especially the female ones. Bitches in grind omg no way! But they really work, hell, they make this album. The vocal trade-offs between the dude and the chick are crazy, no two ways about it. Imagine a really fucking pissed off Thom Yorke on steroids and you get close to what the female shrieks sound like. The vocals are muffled and buried deep in the mix so the lyrics are kind of not there most of the time. The lyrical content includes nihilism and hate, which deeply contrasts with bands of the more poetic side of this brutal genre, such as You and Him Call It Them and Genghis Throne.

Im going to avoid the usual riff talk because of the mixing of the album. The production marks the genre's final descent into incomprehensible, primitive, brutal noise. Even after 2 listens I can't make out a single riff or solo, everything just sort of melts together and you dont know whether to thrash or mosh or crush faggots. Still, from what I've been able to discern the riffs are cold, fast, brutal, unforgiving, monumental, filthy, noisy, unrelenting, aggressive, thrashy and overpowering, making the Hatred Surge side of this split essential to any riff lover.

The reason I haven't mentioned Insect Warfare side yet is that, apart from it being no Wormrot, there's not a whole lot to say about it. While the opener 'Negative Appeal' is one of the best songs they've ever recorded, the rest falls flat and doesnt reach the heights of At War with Grindcore or even World Extermination (a fact that is however not surprising because Insect Warfare were never that great at splits in the first place), playing a rather run-of-the-mill deathgrind. Their performance holds this album from a perfect score but their intriguing combination of guitar, bass, drums and vocals is still worth listening to.

To sum it up, the album is almost worth the mounds of hyperbolic claims it receives, mainly the Hatred Surge side so do yourself a favor and get this album now while the internet is still working. Dark times are upon us.



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Attis
February 4th 2012


333 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

constructive criticism is most welcome i guess

EyesWideShut
February 4th 2012


3210 Comments


i havent listened to this because for the most part im not a big Insect Warfare fan (Rahi's growls), but i couldnt agree more with you on the tag-team vocal assualt with Hatred Surge and it sucks the chick left now. big time..


u should look into the Hatred Surge/Iron Lung collabo album. that shit crushes.

Hep Kat
February 4th 2012


15399 Comments


youre as bad at reviewing grind as i am at reviewing rap

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Attis
February 4th 2012


333 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

WHY DIDNT U NEG THEN

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 4th 2012


19064 Comments


constructive criticism: delete that whole first paragraph. lead ins like that are always tacky and bad

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iFghtffyrdmns
February 4th 2012


7047 Comments


Mere 48 hours have passed since my relatively well-received review of Spoonful of Vicodin's charming compilation album and it's time to review another forgotten classic in the grindviolence genre, a split between two big names in contemporary music, Hatred Surge and Insect Warfare. Just so you all know, a split album is a music album which includes tracks by two or more separate artists.



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ZippaThaRippa
February 4th 2012


2443 Comments


"Bitches in grind omg no way!"
First of all, fuck you.
Second, Katherine Katz you fucking idiot.
Also, Neg.

Aphrodisiac
February 4th 2012


1739 Comments


delete the first paragraph

ZippaThaRippa
February 4th 2012


2443 Comments


delete the review

sixthgoldenticket
February 4th 2012


1176 Comments


is this when hatred surge was still good?

accompliceofmydeath
February 4th 2012


4302 Comments


grindviolence, everyone

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SLAUGHTERDOZER
February 4th 2012


278 Comments


delete the review[2]

Attis
February 4th 2012


333 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i dont understand... hawks proofread this review and said it was great...

MO
February 4th 2012


19077 Comments


awesome split

"i dont understand... hawks proofread this review and said it was great..."

can't tell if you're being serious or not

Aphrodisiac
February 4th 2012


1739 Comments


LOL

ZippaThaRippa
February 4th 2012


2443 Comments


I'm pretty sure that means it's a joke haha

Tyrannic
February 4th 2012


3262 Comments


lolololol



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