Life / Instinct of Survival: Split 7"

Life / Instinct of Survival: Split 7"


Tags: · 10s · crust · germany · hardcore · japan · punk
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Two bands that have refined their respective sounds from noisey punk and metallic grindcore into genre expanding contributions to DIY punk rock. Instinct of Survival (Hamburg, Germany) continue to flavor their stench core influenced punk with a industrial melodic sensibility reminiscent of early Killing Joke. LIFE (Tokyo, Japan) again proove they are the best thing going in crasher crust style punk with three tracks that deliver all the pounding, reverb drenched bombardment you need from the genre while finding room for some amazing melodies and guitar work. Essential material from both bands.  Artwork by the Human Warhead Yeap. Screen printed covers.

Our take: International split 7" featuring Life from Japan and Instinct of Survival from Germany. I haven't checked in with Life in a minute, and their two tracks have me itching to go back and revisit their back catalog. This is full-on crust delivered with maximum power... if you're looking for reference points, I'd say these tracks land in the fertile ground where Framtid's full-bore maximum distortion attack meets the frantic pace and slight metallic influence of Nightmare's Give Notice of Nightmare LP. Lofty comparisons, indeed, but this shit riiiiiips. As for Instinct of Survival, they have a less direct sound that mixes a lot of different elements... their first track has a kind of rocked-out crust sound that reminds me a bit of Forward or a less polished version of something like Disfear, while their second track works Killing Joke influence into the crust, arriving at something in the vein of Tragedy's last LP. Honestly, they sound a little dinky in comparison to Life, so listen to the Instinct side of the first and then wear out your needle on the Life side.