I had no idea this was a split until I opened up the jacket, then I was surprised again when all the lyrics looked to be in Russian. I. Witness is from Russia. They remind me of Poison The Well. They manage to squeeze three tracks on here; all are full of freezing cold angst. Empty Conversations are from Kazakhstan (biting my tongue not to make an outdated Borat joke here) and play hardcore with a little more of a pop feel. The guitars are really tight and have a melodic feel. I don’t listen to a lot of those types of bands, but I could see both these bands doing well on Warped Tour. I usually never know what hardcore bands are saying and this record took that even further.
–Ryan Nichols ([email protected])