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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Review: Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire/Nesseria- Split EP (2011)

Bands: Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire/Nesseria
Release: Split EP
Genre: Black Metal/Crustcore
Label: Throatruiner Records

1. Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire- Opaque
2. Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire- Wrinkled Claws
3. Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire- Lower Than Life, High As The Sky
4. Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire- S.I.T.W.
5. Nesseria- Freistadt
6. Nesseria- Mercure
7. Nesseria- Fils De La Fin De Siecle
8. Nesseria- 1789

Review: 7.6/10
The brand new split between Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire and Nesseria is something else, and I mean that in a good way. The opener “Opaque” has a sexy bass and drum opener that descends into true chaos with vocals you couldn’t even begin to understand and screaming guitar. In true Throatruiner fashion, the vocals really seem like they might actually hurt if you were to try it out. Extremely short song, and the beginning should have been stretched out a little longer.

The first band’s shining track is “Wrinkled Claws.” It has a doomy guitar intro that sets the tone for the song that transcends into two strong bass hits then evil vocals that switch between mid range hoarse vocals and hoarse screaming vocals. I can’t see any singer putting his larynx through this much abuse for a extended period of time. Musically, it’s a cross of crusty hardcore and unpolished black metal.

Nesseria has a more studio polished sound unlike Clinging’s songs. “Freistadt” is a good track, though I’m not a fan of the vocals, which almost cross that annoying threshold. The music makes up for it however, and go full out metal/hardcore at points in the song. It does share some subtle black metal influences, like at the 1:13 mark. The drums hit fast and hard, though it follows a pattern and is a little predictable. The best part is the bass, which is heavy yet clear and isn’t following the current trend of down tuning too much.
I wasn’t too much of a fan of this EP, but that’s only because I’m not an avid black metal listener. I would definitely suggest this to anyone who would be interested in hearing crust hardcore and black metal combined though.

You can download and stream it for free here on Throatruiner’s bandcamp page here: http://throatruinerrecords.bandcamp.com/

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