CLOUD RAT / THE WORLD IS A VAMPIRE: Blightseed: Split: LP

The trouble with attempting to objectively evaluate a piece of art that is inherently subjective, is that sometimes you just can’t wrap your individual brain around a style or genre enough to appreciate its value, or even begin to describe its attributes in a meaningful way. Such is the case with this split LP. Clout Rat and The World Is A Vampire both play dark, gothy, noisy hardcore (grindcore?) that this listener has a difficult time appreciating. With members of respected bands like Thou and Bitchface, I’m sure that it’s my deficiency, not theirs. Regardless, this isn’t for me. But it could very well be for you, if this reductive description sounds at all intriguing. Also, the cover art is quite stunning and conveys the feeling of this record much more accurately than these words. –Chad Williams (IFB, ifbrecords.com / Feast Of Tentacles, festoftentacles.com)