CLINGING TO THE TREES OF A FOREST FIRE / NESSERIA Split 12"
Genre: Grindcore/Experimental and Post Hardcore
Another Sunday morning hungover another release from Throatruiner Records to review, which in past reviews is akin to being kicked in the head repeatedly by an unruly mob. Hey guys how about some nice safe brutal death metal for a change? But anyway here we have two bands who are prepared to enter your brain and at the precise moment explode into your dream cycle to create the worst noisy nightmares possible. You will wake up screaming in terror and if you don't believe me look at that cover artwork by Sin Eater. That's somewhat nightmarish. For those of you unaware, Throatruiner Records are purveyors in some of the most punishing post apocalyptic acts in the underground today. You might not see these acts on the huge festival stages but you probably would see these bands if you knew of some shows in undisclosed locations where the beverages served are homemade and better left untouched.
The first act on here, CLINGING TO THE TREES OF A FOREST FIRE, is a three piece who hail from Denver. Colorado. According to the promo material they are Funeral Grind which is strange since they sound like Experimental Grind, there's a joke in there if your conscience. I should also point out that my choice of using the word "experimental" is pushing it a bit. What else is feedback and guitar noodling referred to as, in a non mean spirited way of course? Of the band's four contributed cuts the quick opener "Opaque" followed by the insane racket of "Wrinkled Claws" almost had me running to the bathroom to throw up. No doubt these guys like PIG DESTROYER. Their other two cuts are excursions in dissonance as well as annoyance with "S.I.T.W." being somewhat of a dirge. I guess that's where the funeral part comes into play.
Next up on this platter is NESSERIA from France who push the limits with their brand of post hardcore noise and a heaping helping of sludge. When you have a hangover the last thing you need is something heavy. Once again they add four cuts and by the last one, "1789", I was ready to shut everything down, wrapped my head in a pillow and try to fall back to sleep. Unfortunately the neighbor's dog is barking so the music drowns out the little bastard. I believe if I played this for the dog the animal would keel over and die. Their opener "Freistadt" is slightly blackened hardcore with a caustic vocalist who sounds like he's on fire. Seriously it's as if someone doused the guy with gasoline, threw a match to him, handed him a mic and said "OK now sing before the flames die out. We can only do this in one take." Strangely enough their best cut on here is the instrumental "Mercure". Alright I'm done so pardon me while I go to the bathroom and throw up.
Here's a vid of CLINGING TO THE TREES OF A FOREST FIRE
And one by NESSERIA