Friday, March 30, 2012

Protestant/Suffering Mind Split 6"

The long awaited Protestant / Suffering Mind split fails to disappoint as both bands offer 2 short tracks on this nifty orange 6" ep. Proudly boasting 100% DIY effort behind the release, the bands keep things fresh with the quality you'd come to expect from each.

It's an interesting pairing as Milwaukee's Protestant play a metallic infused style of hardcore that can jump from melodic, to aggressive, and everywhere in between whereas split mates Suffering Mind are probably the finest purveyors of straight ahead grindcore at this time. Obviously Protestant had this in mind as "Sheep in Wolves Clothing (Everyone with Dreadlocks is Stupid)*" clocks in at 35 seconds and is probably the grindist thing the band's done yet.  "No Peace" on the other hand fits right in with expectations as it's a driving freight train with a catchy refrain and awesome blastbeat jumps.

Suffering Mind seems to do their best to draw songs out as both slim out into a slower tempo rumble and the vocals completely take over. Those who've yet to listen to the band should pay keen attention to the dynamic delivery between both vocalists and the band's penchant for satisfying rhythms. Both bands incorporate a similar bare bones production that doesn't harm anything, and gives an old school vibe to both sides.

A great catalyst for those familiar with one, but not the other (Andrew I'm looking at you) or someone foreign to both. Limited to 666 as all cool things are.


*A point of difference is the ep jacket doesn't include the knock on our dreaded friends, whereas the mp3s with the  download code provided does; I wonder what this is all about.

1 comment:

Andrew Childers said...

if they dedicated that song to keith morris it would be even better.

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