Freebase, Quiet Man, Blasted, Teef – four-­way split

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Freebase, Quiet Man, Blaster, Teef – four-way Split (Dry Heave)
15 tracks from a nice selection of current UK bands. The mighty Freebase kick things off with an almost S.O.D. like instrumental before pummelling you with two more slices of intense SOIA style Hardcore in the form of the charmingly titled ‘F.A.F.Y.’ (Fuck All For You for the hard of thinking) and the longer, more metallic ‘Peace Offering’. Next up is Quiet Man – a new one on me – but they keep the intensity ratcheted up with 4 tracks of progressive HC from the Refused/Tortuga/November Coming Fire (the band not the album) school of thought. Bowel scraping vocals dominate the pacey tracks punctuated with off chords and suitably aggressive breakdowns, closing their chunk of the split with the blistering ‘Nihilism Is For Quitters’. Straddling both Hardcore and Glunk, Blasted bring some old school HC to the table their Scream influenced self-titled track and the particularly strong ‘Year Zero’ chock full of Circle Jerks/Black Flag influences. Fresh off their support slot with OFF! And Cerebral Balzy, TEEF close proceedings with 4 tracks of fast snarly hardcore with a touch of Ceremony to them, with none of their tracks pushing 1 minute 30 seconds. Another excellent release from Dry Heave. Support your local upchuckers. Ian Pickens

Freebase, Quiet Man, Blasted, Teef – four-­way split (Dry Heave)
Much like the A­-Team, four outlaws have gathered to create to good clean mayhem. Where Freebase kicks things off with SOD like riffs and old school metallic hardcore, Quiet Man is akin to emptying an assault riffle with a crusty edge to it. Blasted take on their enemy ‘Venice­style’, with old Suicidal with a crazy metallic twist, and a dose of chaos. The British accent adds a good dose of lethal aggression. Teef is pure madness, with their insane blasts reaching back to the noisy hardcore beginnings of a genre we tend to call grind these days. The four-­way split is, much like the infamous TV gang, an assorted heap of bands, which are only loosely linked together. Freebase’s sound quality really dwarves the others, where Blasted are musically most to my liking. Nevertheless, for Dry Heave it’s a great way of introducing new bands Quiet Man and Teef, while the CD as a whole is being carried by the better known bands Freebase and Blasted. Oh, and just like in the A-Team, no-one really dies either! Martijn Welzen

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