PRUMYSLOVA SMRT / RAPSOD: Split: 7”

The Cthulu-inspired tentacled monstrosity on the cover pointed me in the right direction: this one’s chock full of dark, metal-influenced hardcore. Rapsöd’s got oodles of those little metallic guitar dives peppered in between yelped vocals, with the second song relying heavily on gang vocals; it’s somewhere between crust and metallic youth crew stuff, which actually sounds better than it reads here. Prumyslova Smrt is significantly crustier and doom-heavy, with a drummer that clearly adores his double-bass pedal. Think Armistice or the harsher moments in the Awakening discography. Both bands sing in Czech with English translations, with “fuck you all” apparently reading as the same in both.

 –keith (PH)