KHOBRETTI / HOGS OF WAR: Split: 7”

I’m pretty sure both of these bands are from Texas despite the ambiguous etymology of the word “Khobretti” and the sort of Eastern Euro dissonant guitar screeches on the Hogs Of War side. The rest of the Hogs Of War riffs are pretty by-the-book metalcore that feels a little dated on the whole, but checks all the right boxes (fast part, two-step, breakdown, et cetera) for fans of the genre. Khobretti have more of a melodic element and take a little more influence from mid-era Slapshot and Agnostic Front. Comes in a full color sleeve with lots of extras and a very pretty purple/green swirl vinyl. –Ian Wise (Self-released, khobretti.bandcamp.com)