A horrible hack

Asthma Atttaq - Dirty South Apocalypse


Year Released: 2005
Format: LP
Label: forever escaping boredom
Reviewed by Andy Malcolm on Jun 13, 2007
I had never heard of either of these two bands before I picked this up, but it sounded intriguing from the description on the Ebullition list so I figured what the heck. My copy even lurks within a screenprinted cloth cover. Aces!

I'll deal with Asthma Atttaq first, possibly because I have been stricken with that breathing disorder (or whatever) for so many years. AA's side starts off with weird electronic experimentation, but doesn't progress that way. Once they've dispensed with that, they jam out screechy screamy emo stuff - always sounding on the verge of collapsing and falling apart. Lots of rampaging guitar and a pair of guys shrieking and so forth. The band is actually only a two piece, but they make a ferocious racket in the process, I guess not so disimilar to how Anton Boardman achieved the same results. Its all very frantic and chaotic. Good stuff. The last song starts off as really good emo stuff similar to Die, Emperor! Die! with nice twinkly bits and melodies, before it goes all haywire and spazzed. Some super pretty twinkles in this, its probably my favourite song on here.

Dirty South Apocalypse take over after that and play some appropriately dirty hardcore. It rumbles ominously with harsh vocals and big chunky roars. I am not overly familiar with this style but DSA sound good enough to my untrained ears. They are pumelling and unrelenting, never easing off the power, except for the occasional moment between tracks or when they want to get all doomy and broody. Crunch Crunch Crunch. Although - there is one track that they do totally change pace on, the last one - a slower, more emo effort that totally kicks my arse. Great stuff!

Damn solid DIY hc split. Worth a look if you are into these styles I reckon!

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