This is a review of a 3 way split album betweenWisconsin'sDesolateVoid, South Carolina's Last Van Zant, and Wisconsin's The Parish, and I am going to start off the review with Desolate Void.
Desolate Void plays a style that mixes crust,grind,sludge and stoner rock together. Drums use alot of fast playing with a good amount of blast beats as well as some slow drumming, while the bass playing follows the riffs coming out of the guitars and has a very powerful sound of their own.
Rhythm guitars mix some fast crust/grind/punk riffs with some slower riffs that mix stoner rock, sludge and doom metal together while the lead guitars have a 70's rock sound with alot of distortion, while the vocals are high pitched grindcore screams with some crustcore style of yelling and spoken word parts.
Lyrics cover alot of hateful and negative themes, while the production has a very heavy sound that captures all off the instruments, In my opinion DesolateVoid are a very good album that should appeal to fans of stoner sludge metal, and there best track is "Expect The Worst".
The Last Van Zant plays a more hardcore sounding version of crustcore.
Drums are mostly fast with alot of brutal blast beats, while the bass playing mixes fast and heavy riffs together, as for thr guitars they mostly fast and distorted riffs that are heavily influenced by punk and hardcore with little or no lead guitars present on their songs.
Vocals are mostly hardcore style screams while the lyrics seem to touch on war and hateful themes, as for the production it has a very heavy sound that captures all of the instruments.
In my opinion The Last Van Zant are a very good band, even though this is not a style I write about for this zine, I still feel they are a good band that should appeal to fans of the more hardcore punk style of crustcore. There best song on this recording is "Standing In Blood".
The Parish play a style that I would describe as drone/sludge/doom.
Drums are mostly slow with no fast playing or blast beats, while the bass playing has a heavy and distorted sound that follows the riffs coming out of the guitars.
Rhythm guitars are mostly slow and distorted doom metal riffs with little or no lead guitars and solos, while the vocals are low pitched death metal growls, as for the production it has a raw and heavy sound that captures all of the musical instruments that are present on this side of the split.
In my opinion The Parish are the best band on this compilation that should appeal to all fans of sludge/drone/doom metal. In conclusion this is a good split with 3 good bands that are different from each other. RECOMMENDED BUY.