"Split EP 2002" (Basement Ape Industries; 2002)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

While I have never been a big fan of grindcore or noisecore I have found myself, in recent months anyway, increasingly attracted to the challenge of listening to these extreme genres as a way of sharpening my ears to the nuances (yes, I wrote nuances) regarding the dexterity and precision required to perform well in these genres.

This split EP features two French bands, Superstatic Revolution and Submerge, each who offer two tracks of pummeling grindcore/noisecore mayhem. Right off the bat, both of these bands recalled the kind of sonic chaos created by bands normally found on Relapse Records, and I soon realized that Superstatic Revolution and Submerge would not be out of place on that label.

Both Superstatic Revolution and Submerge are more earthly in nature rather than the overwhelming technical grind often found on most extreme labels. That isnít a value judgment -- itís just an observation. Superstatic Revolutionís two tracks are a blur of death metal intensity, noisecore white noise, and technical hardcore fits and spurts. Submerge have more of a sound rooted in death metal's meaty growls and technical grind's penchant for brevity.

Superstatic Revolution and Submerge offer solid, if not unspectacular, forays into the grindcore/noisecore genres. EPs barely rate on my radar as necessary purchases and split CDs are not even close to being necessary. However, the Superstatic Revolution/Submerge split CD may be a perfect match for fans of extreme music looking for something that might have escaped their attention.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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