ZANN / BURIAL YEAR: Split : LP

Crusty march-core—this stuff isn’t what I reach for first, but when done well, it stands up as well as anything out there. Actually, a lot of the record, both bands, reminds me of early Buzzoven stuff, which is one of the reasons that I liked both sides. I’ve got a problem with the Burial Year stuff, though. Musically, it’s pretty muscular and brutal (Zann, too), but there’s this part where the vocalist is blabbing about our need to make choices regarding the planet and we’ve got to do it quick, suggesting that we need to make choices to save the planet from things like pollution and global warming, but the record has gatefold packaging, which, by its very nature, would require twice as many trees and would require twice as much carbon dioxide poundage to produce. What the fuck? I like the record and all and I want to be optimistic (maybe somebody not in association with Burial Year chose such packaging), but such mixed messages leave a really sour taste in my mouth.

 –Eric Carlson (Adagio 830)