Adversarial / Antediluvian
Split


3.5
great

Review

by Martin L. USER (44 Reviews)
December 11th, 2012 | 33 replies | 1,479 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist


4 of 4 thought this review was well written

It seems like just about every year that a split hits the internet where both bands were previously unknown to me, therefore doubling the amount of excitement that ensues when each side of said split leaves me floored. It leaves me with twice as many “peer” bands to check out, and twice as many times to ask myself “Where the fuck have I been, not listening to so-and-so?” Canuck bands Antediluvian and Adversarial formed to create this split LP earlier in 2012, and the result is a gory mess of blackened death perhaps better than any straight-up single-band LP 2012 has seen. The unrelenting mesh of swirling chaos and dissonance from both sides is heaviness to the point of noxiousness at times, and both bands succeed in what I consider the cardinal measurement of quality in this realm: establishing a personality enough so that “Adversarial” or “Antediluvian” stands out from “death metal.”

One reason the split is so potent is that it’s so over-saturated. Rather than pausing for solos and breaks, both bands adhere to a strict formula of riff-upon-riff. The entirety is overflowing with unrelenting energy and the prime similarity between the two artists is their ability to concoct a creative formula in which their unidirectional songwriting sounds focused, tight, and intense as opposed to monotonous. The split is anything but uninspired as well, steering clear from death metal tropes in their growls; rather, the vocals are more complementary and understated, especially on the Adversarial side. You may have noticed that I haven’t mentioned many significant differences between Adversarial and Antediluvian: as previously noted, each band has a distinct personality that distinguishes them from a “death metal crowd,” but their overwhelming similarities makes them a fitting pair for a split. Altogether, the LP is one of the most ferocious of the death metal year, easily eclipsing efforts from the likes of more popular acts like Deathspell Omega or Incantation. This is not a split to miss if you have any interest in death metal up-and-comers.



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ShadowRemains
December 10th 2012



19427 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review, pos'd

this rules hard, especially adversarial's side

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
December 10th 2012



17328 Comments


spiraling towards the ultimate end is adversarial's best track

split rules

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MO
December 10th 2012



17348 Comments


yea this was heavy as shit, good write up carouse

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ShadowRemains
December 10th 2012



19427 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

will certainly be on my eoty list

TheSpirit
December 10th 2012



16657 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Holy shit I was just listening to this like ten mins ago

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ShadowRemains
December 10th 2012



19427 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

only a 3?

TheSpirit
December 10th 2012



16657 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Adversarials side is good but the Antediluvian side is kind of a let down.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
December 10th 2012



17328 Comments


antedeluvian is just really really interested in mutant vaginas so 5/5

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 10th 2012



6734 Comments


Where can you buy/dl this? Uber-wanting

ShadowRemains
December 10th 2012



19427 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

kinda ot but that cornigr album rules

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 10th 2012



6734 Comments


also, pretty good write up, pos'd

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
December 10th 2012



17328 Comments


Where can you buy/dl this? Uber-wanting


http://www.darkdescentrecords.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=3&products_id=2168

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 10th 2012



6734 Comments


Thanks man.

carouse
December 10th 2012



293 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks guys, glad others enjoyed it as well.

CaptainDooRight
December 10th 2012



26318 Comments


enjoyed ur rev pos

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
December 11th 2012



15977 Comments


Definitely on my top of 2012 list

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 11th 2012



6734 Comments


tippity top Crysis?

rasputin
December 11th 2012



14504 Comments


good review except for your last sentence, neither band are really up and comers anymore as they have a slew of releases already behind them

YUJOS
December 11th 2012



890 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Really liked the Adversarial side on this one and indeed Spiraling Towards The Ultimate End is a killer song.
@Rasp both bands have only one album out. How can't they be up and comers?

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
December 11th 2012



15977 Comments


tippity top Crysis?


Nah not that high but it's on there.



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