Cyttorak and Revered and Reviled Above All Others, in conspiracy with Sleeping Village Records, are starting the new year with a bang. 4 tracks. Pugilistic sludgy heft. Unbridled doomviolence aggression. A couple of unexpected covers. In other words: a whole lot of fun in the extreme metal arena.
The (mighty) Cyttorak fire things off with the (equally mighty) “Royal Shokan Dismemberment,” a track rife with sludgy riffs, murky cosmic extremity, crusty hardcore brashness, and unmistakably animalistic–nay, otherworldly–howls. At just over 3 minutes, it stands as the longest track herein by a significant margin, which should say something about what lurks ahead. Cyttorak end their half of the split with a cover of “Boxcar” by punk rock revivalists Jawbreaker, lending, as you might expect, a crushing sludge-laden weight to the classic tune’s infectious bounce.
Not to be outdone in the aggression department, doomviolence duo Revered and Reviled Above All Others bring up the back half with a pair of furious albeit brief exemplars of their trademark portmanteau of doom and powerviolence. Their first offering, “In Porcos Laqueo,” features unmistakably mamothian riffage and chaotic vocals wrapped up in gloriously succinct fashion, while their second track, “Gut Feeling,” is undoubtedly the most visceral DEVO cover you have (or will) ever experience. Like everything Revered and Reviled Above All Others touch, these two tracks are absurdly heavy, yet never outstay their welcome.
Cyttorak / Revered and Reviled Above All Others – Split will be released digitally and available for Name Your Own Price on January 22nd, with a pre-order going live on January 1st for $1.
Cyttorak – Royal Shokan Dismemberment
Cyttorak – Boxcar (Jawbreaker cover)
Revered and Reviled Above All Others – In Porcos Laqueo
Revered and Reviled Above All Others – Gut Feeling (DEVO cover)
Revered and Reviled Above All Others