May 30, 2014

Edhochuli’s single contribution opens with a frenetic mishmash of interwoven riffs and pulsing percussions. The extensive instrumental layering is mind boggling. I imagine that some flow charts must have been involved. With a hard right turn, the screams rip through the guitar-laden veneer, transforming the song into a death waltz. Eventually, what follows is a frantic interlude and a tormented, atonal climax. This is expansive, heady stuff. Almost hardcore geometry. Definitely one of the band’s most memorable outings. Waste Age’s two songs don’t slack off either. Both begin with pleasant guitar interplay and silky crooning evocative of ‘90s emo like Sunny Day Real Estate. When the vocalist strains, he sounds eerily similar to Guy Picciotto of Fugazi. Also, the integration of keys is a plus. Overall, this is a varied split from two sets of very distinct musical maestros. 

 –Sean Arenas (Ethospine, ethospine.com, [email protected])