Thursday, December 1, 2022

Split Review: Hoarder/Brainstem "Farewell to the Flesh":(Sordid Bin Records) by Devin J. Meaney

Band: Hoarder
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Country: Canada
Genre: Death metal, grindcore, hardcore
Band: Brainstem
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Country: Canada
Genre: Death metal, grindcore
Split: Farewell to the Flesh
Format: Cassette, streaming
Label: Sordid Bin Records (Canada)
Release date: September 23, 2020
After a night of tea and insomnia I felt the urge to work some energy out of my system. I loaded up YouTube looking for grindcore bands based out of Nova Scotia. After some brief searching I came to a two way split between two one man bands based out of Halifax. Hoarder is a one man grind band and Brainstem is a one man death/grind project. Clocking in at just over 10 minutes this split was short but it sure did help me crank out the excess gumption that I had stored in my brain and body.
Hoarder throws up five tracks featuring Exalt the Macabre, Shit’s Fucked, Green Necks, Bulkhead and Nothing of Interest. Brainstem also has five tracks on this gnarly piece of chaos titled Substance, Brainstem, Unbalanced, Braindamage and Delusion.
Brought to a frenzy of head-banging I sat at my desk and consumed this pile of carnage as if it was a hearty meal after a day of intense labour. I will without question check out anything I hear from these guys in the future…and I would suggest this split to all fans of grind. Nova Scotia is my home…and it is always a pleasant find when I stumble upon some heaviness from the N.S. scene. Grind is not for everyone--but for those of us that enjoy indulging in such craziness this one is an instant win.
In conclusion--you all should check these guys out. What are you…square? -Devin J. Meaney

Nate Miller:: Guitars, vocals
Christian Ouellet: Guitars
Brendon Doran: Bass
Ryan Hand: Drums

James Gittins: Vocals, all instruments

Track list:
1. Hoarder - Exalt the Macabre
2. Hoarder - Shit's Fucked
3. Hoarder - Green Necks
4. Hoarder – Bulkhead
5. Hoarder - Nothing of Interest
6. Brainstem – Substance
7. Brainstem – Brainstem
8. Brainstem – Unbalanced
9. Brainstem – Braindamage
10. Brainstem – Delusion

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