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Slamming from Start to End - 70%

Zerberus, October 24th, 2011

Krotchripper from Illinois who formed in 2009 have already since their creation released one five-song demo and this split, both in 2010. Mass Murder Messiah from Wisconsin formed in 2007 and released one demo in 2009 and this split in 2010. Brutal death metal as a genre has had a huge surge in popularity in the last few years and has experienced much musical advancement and has changed from the lo-fi production of the 90's to a more clean sound during the 00's. Krotchripper and Mass Murder Messiah, to me, represent the epitome of modern brutal death metal.

Right from start to finish this split delivers the unrelenting blast-brutality that you have come to expect from the slamming brutal death metal bands of today. Seldom does this release ever slow down and mostly only because of the few samples that are scattered around the tracks. Krotchripper delivers great slamming parts with groovy headbang-forcing riffs and guttural throat-shredding vocals. While the riffs are not very varied or memorable, they still fit really well into the tracks.

The eight tracks by Krotchripper all fit well together. The flow throughout Krotchripper's part is great and the only interruptions are the samples. The consistency of the songs is remarkable and most of the tracks are outright awesome, though they are not exactly memorable. The vocals and songs in general feature very little variety and some tracks are somewhat mediocre and standardized. Structure-wise, the tracks are not very different from each other. Only the last track, "Echoes of the Trollish Wake", which sort of serves as an outro for Krotchripper's part, really stands out from the rest of the material by being more intricately composed than the rest of the tracks. There does seem to be a tendency to just do chug-a-chug riffs during parts of some of the songs, but generally the riffs are okay. The production is fitting for the genre, but sometimes it can be a little muddy. Overall, Krotchripper's part of the split is a magnificent show of brutal force, but it features no surprises whatsoever. Krotchripper is 100% straight-forward drum machine-powered, slamming brutal death metal, and if that is what you're expecting, you won't be disappointed.

With gurgling guttural vocals, more intricate song structures, and a fast as fuck blasting drum machine, Mass Murder Messiah continue the same fast-paced brutal death metal that Krotchripper started out with. The few samples seem somewhat well-chosen and are better incorporated into the tracks than what is customary for brutal death metal bands. The modern sound is representative of the newer sound of slam and the tracks are generally well-composed and have a sort of technical expression. Compared to Krotchripper, Mass Murder Messiah's part of the split is more varied both tempo-wise and song structure-wise. The groovy riffs make this part very enjoyable. The last of the ten Mass Murder Messiah tracks, "Kiss the Muscle", features guest vocals from Shaun Lacanne of Putrid Pile fame and from the producer of the split, Scott Creekmore. A nice touch, but not something you would notice if you didn't know it was there.
The tracks by Mass Murder Messiah are mixed much louder than Krotchripper's and it seems a little weird that the volume rises when Krotchripper's part is over. The production of Mass Murder Messiah is more clean and less muddy than Krotchripper's, providing a more clinically precise sound.

There's no doubt that Mass Murder Messiah deliver exactly what you would expect after having listened to Krotchripper, which is more of the same kind of fast and heavy brutal death metal with incredibly deep vocals. Unfortunately, Mass Murder Messiah suffer from some of the same problems as Krotchripper. Many of the songs flow together and aren't very varied, but this band has more intricate compositions which make the tracks a little more interesting.

All in all, it's a great split. The bands fit together perfectly as they are very similar, yet without sounding the same. The tracks flow along excellently and there are no tracks that except themselves from the general brutality of this split.

The very fitting cover art of Mike Majewski from Devourment is only ruined by poor printing. The back cover looks like it was xeroxed on a 15 year old printer and the front cover just doesn't have a very high resolution.

If you are into bands like Putrid Pile and Insidious Discrepancy, you will definitely love this split.

Originally written for www.gouls-crypt.blogspot.com