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An interesting pairing... - 89%

Mortuary_Mosh, April 24th, 2010

This split release by death/thrash legends Ghoul isn't exactly the shortest split in underground history. That title goes to the barely three-second-long Napalm Death/Electro Hippies split. It is, however, a little lacking in length, which seems to be an issue that plague a good amount of bands, especially those leaning towards the grind spectrum of underground music. This can be forgiven though, as this release is merely an EP.

What we have here are two brand-new tracks by Ghoul and four tracks by thrash/punk powerhouse Brody's Militia.

The Ghoul tracks are pretty much exactly what you'd expect from the "Creepsylvanian" foursome; songs packed to the brim with catchy-as-hell death/thrash riffs, punk influenced sections (especially the drumming), and vocals drawing on influences from death metal, punk, and goregrind.

Fans of Ghoul will most likely notice the new vocals on "Gloomy Sunday" which don't sound anything like the sickening gurgles of Fermentor, the harsh belching of Cremator or the rabid snarling of Digestor. It's really no secret who the members of Ghoul are (excluding Dissector, no one really seems to know who that dude really is...) and it's my hypothesis that these new vocals are Dino Sommese (Fermentor) without any pitchshifting. It also kind of sounds like Zebediah from Skaven though, so who knows... Whatever the source, the new vocal style is pretty cool and personally, I hope that Ghoul decide to keep it around on any new releases.

The Brody's Militia's tracks consist of straight-forward, extremely fast, violent punk tunes sure to get you to swing your fists and seize around your house like a mosher addicted to PCP. The interesting thing about Brody's Militia is that they seem to blend a lot of elements from various genres of punk along with a healthy dose of metal influence, although they tend to lean to the more extreme side of things on this release. There are parts in these tracks that will make you say, "Oh that's straight-up hardcore", or... "Ah, there's some cool thrash riffing". Most tracks, however, end up being dominated by an extremely intense brand of powerviolence. It's pretty interesting and as an avid fan of both metal and punk, including their many sub-genres, I found their offerings on this release to be relatively diverse, given the short length and of their songs. These tracks also made me want to hear more from Brody's Militia and if you happen to dig them upon listening, you'll surely want to hear more as well.

In summation, the two Ghoul tracks offered here are pretty great, and any Ghoul fan should definitely have this release in his or her collection. It's worth is for the Ghoul tracks alone, but any fan of/someone interested in checking out Brody's Militia should pick this up as well. Their side, although short, will most likely cause you to crave more, if just for the intensity alone.