Feb. 15, 2018


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The Pitch: Dark Trail Records, Zegema Beach Records, Miss The Stars Records, Dingleberry Records, Longrail Records, R.I.P In Peace, and Rakkerpak Records collaborate on this split between MySpace throwback mathcore groups SeeYouSpaceCowboy and secondgradeknifefight.

What I Like: 10 minutes of utter nonsense and unmitigated chaos. With track names like "I am a Trans-Continental Railroad, Please Run a Train on Me" and "You Can't Get Goose Justice In a Fox Court, Just Spit on the Judge," there's a pretty keen sense that these guys don't take themselves too seriously. Even so, there is nothing funny about the instrumentation. True to form, this split is an energetic, technical act of violence played on fast forward. The longest track is only a minute and a half, and that's all either of these bands needs to get their point across. It's noisy, vulgar, and just a damn good time. Expect a Number Twelve vibe from SeeYouSpaceCowboy while secondgradeknifefight is more of a noisegrind experience; and neither group is afraid to throw in some death growls here and there.

Critiques: There's definitely room for improvement. I've been spoiled over the years with so many great groups in this style, so competition is getting fierce. When compared to groups like Arms and The Sound That Ends Creation, this leaves something to be desired. Overall, I'm partial to the SYSC side.

The Verdict: If I'm being honest, this feels like but an appetizer for the upcoming Arms record that I'm stoked to hear from this label, but both SeeYouSpaceCowboy and secondgradeknifefight deliver solid performances and material that had me simultaneously banging my head and smirking widely. There's far worse ways to spend 10 minutes of your day.

Flight's Fav's: I am a Trans-Continental Railroad, Stop Calling Us Screamo, my heart is broken

200// randomly mixed trash vinyl
300// black vinyl
Tape release by Pattern Recognition Records
25// pink tapes w/ stamps
75// half black half white w/ stamps

-Review by FlightOfIcarus

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