War From A Harlot’s Mouth – Burning Skies
For War’s latest split, the group has teamed up with Burning Skies to record a rather brutal EP that is as fast as it is chaotic. It’s this attribute that appeals most, as the songs are crazy enough to entertain and short enough that they don’t become tiresome. There are three original song from each band, two covers by War From A Harlot’s Mouth, and a joint operation track. War steps up to the plate first, starting things off with “The Shape of Nothing To Come”, which is basically a string of breakdowns accompanied by a mid-tempo pacing. It is then followed by the hardcore-esque “Monolith”, a minutes of quick drum attacks and raspy vocals. “Omega” is the heaviest War track, and feels like a missile launch during battle. This is when Burning Skies take helm, starting their assault with the screech-filled “Precision Crippling”. “Shitfarmer” has a short, but interesting drum opening that leads into one of the most developed tracks on the split. Their last original appearance, “Morbid Engel”, doesn’t do much to stand out, unfortunately. It’s feels pretty straight forward, and therefore goes fairly unnoticed. War From A Harlot’s Mouth then returns with a cover of “RKD”, a Burning Skies song. Not only is it a successful cover, the track is one of the most entertaining found here. However, it is followed by the worst track of the split: “Trife Life”. This is the joint operation, and it’s embarrassingly bad. Luckily, the cover of “Fighting Dwarves With Keytars” (performed by War) collects all the band’s strengths into one slot. When all is said and done, some sixteen minutes of play time, this split comes out fairly triumphant. Consider this a job well done.
Nathaniel Lay, www.lexingtonmusicpress.com
Label: Lifeforce Records