TROPIEZO / VIVISICK: Split: 7” EP

Tropiezo: Is it even remotely possible these cats are capable of a crappy tune? If so, they’ve yet to serve one up thus far. Five more tracks here of fast, ridiculously tight thrash. That these cats are not worldwide superstars is criminal; that they continue here with what has to be one of the longest streaks of consistently killer hardcore is a treat. Vivisick: They handle their side of the wax slab quite adeptly, with crazed Japanese thrash that could also easily hold its own against bands like Stalin and Gauze had they their own Wayback Machine, and yet tempers what could be an onslaught of primal scream-fueled anger with a sense of humor. Helluva split here, I gotta say.

 –jimmy (Discos de Hoy, [email protected])