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Battle Of Wolf 359 - Kaddish


Year Released: 2008
Format: 7"
Label: React With Protest - parade of spectres
Reviewed by Oli Saunders on Oct 18, 2008
I am loving this recent burst of awesome UK screamo. Correct me if I'm wrong but it seems to me that whilst US bands in the late 90s were pioneering this form of emo, which you may love or hate, very few in the UK were experimenting with it at all. Even in the decade that then followed, there seem to be very few notable screamo bands from these isles.

So it is great in my opinion that recently more than a few UK screamo bands have cropped up and sound fucking awesome! Battle Of Wolf 359 and Kaddish are two such bands, and here they share three songs between them on a split 7''.

First up comes BOW359 from London with two songs. The first, Neptune's Navy, is one of my favorites of theirs. It rushes straight into things - the instruments bludgeoning away and the vocals soon joining in. I love their guitar sound in general, the two guitars and bass linking together and playing off one another. I'm not going to attempt to describe the actual sound but it is pretty distinct. There are two vocalists in the bands, one male and one female, and they tend to divide up the vocals so that only one is screaming at a time. Sometimes they join in together, which on this track is one of the best bits about it. There is a forty second period where the instruments are repeating themselves and the vocals are ultra intense. Amazing.

The second song, In Search Of Gaia, also rages away in similar fashion. Little respite is given until halfway through everything quickly tails off, leaving a rather gentle ending. Nice.

Flipping sides, we have one song from Kaddish who come from Dundee. I recall not liking this band that much when I first heard them, which now seems preposperous to me as whenever I hear them now they are great. The song on this 7'' is called Combray and is also a gem. Jangly guitars and desperate sounding screamed vocals. The song goes on for four minutes and changes tempo several times, mixing in soft and fast parts. Again there are two vocalists with one main vocalist and the other tending to do backup vocals.

In conclusion, this is a highly recommended split that was released by Parade Of Spectres and React With Protest, two labels that you should be familiar with if you're into screamo. Both bands have LPs in the pipeline so keep an eye out!

18th October 2008
Recommended record by Collective Zine!

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