Septic Warfare/Talk Sick Earth – Split

A pretty fun little split here, particularly because you can listen to the whole thing in the space of a commercial break while watching TV.  Both bands are Jacksonville-based crossover/thrash metal featuring the same vocalist, of course raising questions as to why they’re different bands at all.  The music is equally good between the two bands and the release is very enjoyable throughout.  You know, for all twelve minutes of its running time.

Septic Warfare opens the release with probably the ‘goofier’ music on this release, having a more significant influence from Iron Maiden and other traditional metal acts than Talk Sick Earth.  The band blazes through a few short tracks, opening with a clearly Maiden-derived intro before moving into a riffy style of crossover thrash much like Nuclear Assault.  The mood on this side is generally less serious, and Septic Warfare seems to be a less serious project in general compared to Talk Sick Earth.  Not to say that they’re a ‘joke band’; they crank out some phenomenal oldschool riffs and fast, fun thrash songs that don’t waste time on protracted repetition of riffs.  It’s brief but a good intro to the band; hoping to hear more from them soon.

Talk Sick Earth on the other hand a is a bit darker and more carefully composed, and probably the better band on this split.  The influence of Nuclear Assault is still definite but with a bit more street punk making this music overall a bit more ragged than the preceding artist.  There’s some vicious, razor-sharp riffs in these songs, backed up by Sam’s dynamic vocal performance and a propulsive, insistent rhythm section.  ‘Stupid People’ is certainly the most developed song, with an endless array of catchy, well-defined riffs and amusing lyrics, but the others are excellent as well for what they are: brief bursts of angry crossover that’s infinitely better than any of the retro thrash crap being churned out by major labels these days.

It’s a bit on the short side, but overall, this is a solid split from a couple bands sure to go places.  Talk Sick Earth just edges out Septic Warfare as far as quality goes, but both artists bring something strong to the table.  Looking forward to new material from each in the future.

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~ by noktorn on September 5, 2008.

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