To call this a split would be misleading. It’s more of a collaboration, I would say. Folk punk collective Mischief Brew’s only constant member is band leader Erik Petersen, and in this case he joins up with Guignol, who I guess could best be described as a muso-world-punk ensemble. I was excited to hear this album since Guignol contains a couple of key past and present members of the World/Inferno Friendship Society: Peter Hess and Franz Nicolay. Also, the Mischief Brew split with Joe Jack Talcum is pretty great. This album could probably be called a klezmer-folk-gypsy-jazz-punk extravaganza without too much of a stretch (it has a completely reworked Iron Maiden cover to boot, so I guess I could throw metal into the mix, too). I know I am making this album sound like a sloppy mess, but it’s really the exact opposite. The musicianship is tight and it’s a fun listen. Only about five of the sixteen songs feature vocals (mostly by Erik Petersen, which I guess makes them slightly more on the Mischief Brew side), but the instrumentals are really great, too. They sound exciting and intriguing, like what I always hope world-fusion music will sound like, not the watered down soundtrack for a Volvo drive that most of it ends up being. A few of my favorites are the creepy, lurching, circus instrumental “The Tardy Barker,” vagabond-ish life lesson “Fight Dirty,” and the unrecognizable but awesome instrumental Iron Maiden cover “Hallowed Be Thy Name.” This is definitely one of my favorites from the last couple months.