SUFFERING MIND / PROTESTANT: Split: 6” EP

I have a few odd size records, like the 5”, or the 10” and 8”, and most of them are pretty disposable—more about the novelty of size than the actual music. Not the case here! This six incher is a crusher! Protestant don’t disappoint and just get better and better with each new release. Their two songs here are definitely some of their best material. They open up, go for it, and cause a lot of damage in the short amount of time allowed for the format. Heavy and fast, with a good dose of low end, the sinister atmosphere doesn’t bog down the delivery. These two songs have a way of working themselves into your memory with only a couple listens. I just know I’m going to be mentally referencing “No Peace” sometime in the next week, “Dig deep! Dig deep!” Suffering Mind are more on the grind side, with the pummeling percussion and abrasive dual attack of guitars and vocals (one high, the other throaty and gurgly). I’ve set my standards for grind incredibly high in recent years due to the sheer amount of shit bands playing this style. Suffering Mind definitely stands out above the pack and should appeal to anyone who likes music that is a bit heavy and, well, brutal. Their two tracks go by in a blur, but it’s a damn nice blur.

 –M.Avrg (Halo Of Flies, halooffliesrecords.com, To Live A Lie, tolivealie.com)