A horrible hack

Svaveldioxid - Skeleton

split

Year Released: 2019
Format: 7"
Label: Phobia
 
Reviewed by Alex Deller on Aug 2, 2020
Two bands from two separate continents here, united in their desire to mangel. Svaveldioxid have impressed in the past and continue to do so here with three originals and a Krunch cover. Vocals are low and bellicose while the music sounds like you're hearing it from the wrong end of a wind tunnel – you're buffeted this way and that, trying to keep on your feet, and the only thing you can really make sense of are vague chord shapes and the mosquito-like whine of atonal solos. If you like the idea of being caught in the middle of a pissing contest between Swedish kängpunk and Japanese rawness, then you're in exactly the right place.

Skeleton are not the Skeleton who've just released a record on 20 Buck Spin. They are another Skeleton. Got it? While cut from similar patch-encrusted cloth to Svaveldioxid this lot are a different shade of grey, with the sound a little deeper and things a bit more contained and clearly delineated. The songs are taut and there's an enjoyable grittiness to the sound – they remind me of Doom and other such 90s UK crust, but whether that's intentional or happenstance is anyone's guess.

Overall, a really good, strong, punch-to-the-gut split – love the cover art as well!


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