This is a review of a split between California's Exhumed and Virginia's Iron Reagan which will be released by Tankcrimes in early 2014 and we will start off the review with Exhumed a band that has been featured before in this zine and plays a brutal form of gore death/grind.
"Gravewalker" which is also the first song on their side of the split opens up with heavy bass guitar riffs and drums before adding in heavy grindcore riffs and a few seconds later high pitched screams and death metal growls kick in along with some punk influences which also leads up to the music getting faster along with some blast beats and guitar solos.
"Dead To The World" begins with heavy grindcore riffs and drums which also leads up to a mixture of screams and growls and a minute later guitar leads and blast beats are added into the song.
"Seeing Red" which is also a Minor Threat cover opens up with distorted bass guitars before adding in heavy guitar riffs and drums which also leads to a mixture of punk grind style vocals and deep death metal growls.
"Ready to Fight" which is also a Negative Approach cover starts up with punk rock style screams, heavy guitar riffs and drums before going into a faster direction along with some blast beats and death metal growls as well as some powerful sounding bass guitars and the song closes with dog barking.
Song lyrics cover gore and violence themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on their side of the recording.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Exhumed and if you are a fan of the band, you should enjoy their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Gravewalker" and "Ready to Fight". RECOMMENDED BUY.
Next up is Iron Reagan a band that plays an old school form of thrash and crossover.
"Life Beater" which is also the first song on their side of the split opens up with heavy guitar riffs, drums and thrash/punk style vocals and shouts and then the music goes into a faster direction.
"Gave up On Giving A Fuck" begins with heavy guitar and bass riffs along with some drums and shouting style vocals and then the song goes for more of an old school direction along with some punk style backup's.
"Mini Lights" opens with heavy thrash metal style guitar riffs and drums before adding in the punk style shouting vocals and then the music goes into a more 80's crossover/thrashcore direction while also adding a little melody and back up shouts.
"Holy Water Makes Me Wet" which is also the last song on their side of the split begins with heavy guitar riffs and drums which also utilize a small amount of blast beats before adding in shouting style vocals.
Song lyrics cover hateful themes, while the production has a very heavy and old school sound along with the bass guitars being mixed down low in the mix.
In my opinion Iron Reagan are a very great sounding crossover band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Life Beater" and "Gave up On Giving A Fuck". RECOMMENDED.
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and if I would recommend to all fans of death metal, grind, thrash and punk. RECOMMENDED BUY.