Tuesday, 7 June 2011

It's A Dead End

Okay, okay, let's have another bout of aural fisticuffs shall we?  Some crunchy, crispy and exceedingly crusty capers here, a Sweden vs. UK contest for the (pen)ultimate warriors of raw punk!  Face to face at last, some serious standoff shenanigans, an intra-continental toe to toe in fact!  Go on then, a 'D-Beatdown', if you will.  Here we have ourselves a Discore (remember that?) double devastator!  A re-pressing of the semi-legendary (in their own lunchtimes?) Dischange/Excrement of War split seven inch on Finn Records, originally released in '91/'92, this second press dates from an uncertain period, i picked it up about 6 or 7 years ago.  Dischange are representing the Swedish hordes here and yes, just as they've changed a single letter of their moniker to be as close as possible to their heroes in name, they sound remarkably similar to a certain bunch of spikey haired shit kickers from Stoke (their name escapes me for the moment, I do beg your pardon).  For a brutal bonus, they recorded their three cuts at the (definitely) legendary Sunlight Studios with Thomas Skogsberg (Entombed, Carnage, Grotesque, At The Gates etc etc) so you know the sound is fittingly crushing.  Then there's Excrement of War, keeping that stinky upper lip stiff for all us Brits!  Strangely enough, alongside their Doom and ENT like thrashings, there's some distinctly Swedish strains to be detected in their own particularly murky miasma of moribund musical expression (as some cynics may have you believe)!  But, perhaps that's the point.  Each band takes the inspirations they've internalised from each others countries, and regurgitates it back in the face of their fellow exponents with just a fraction more bile. Hey, at least it's personal that way.

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