New Music Review – Shudder & Sectioned Split CD

a1319496172_10Band: Shudder + Sectioned
Album: SHDDRSCTND Split
Genre: Shudder (Drone-rock) + Sectioned (Crust-punk)
Social Media: Shudder (Facebook, Bandcamp) + Sectioned (BandcampFacebook)

We’ve got something different today, we’ll be listening to two artists that have shared their most recent release together. Shudder and Sectioned are from Edinburgh and both utilise one concept in general, despite their almost completely contrasting sounds; that concept being noise.

Shudder are an atmospheric, drone, noise duo that incorporate this noisy, lofi vibe about them to create a sense of dread and atmosphere around their music. Both of the songs on this split are dark and massive. Imagine going for a walk along the bottom of the grand-canyon and hearing a band playing at the peak of the mountains; that is the spacious, echoey sound that you can expect from Shudder.

The first track with Shudder stumbles along like a drunk in the dark with vocals to set the dreary mood. What I really enjoyed about this track, is how it grew in a very unique way; usually bands go for obvious crescendo tactics, but Shudder implemented a unique use of this increase in intensity, a tease at an, explosion and then an actual explosion. It’s difficult to describe without listening to it.

Dusk’s guitar sounds rusty and that’s not to say the strings need a change, it’s to say that the tone has gone for a very specific sound and has achieved it. At times, it does feel like the guitar is going along for a ride with the fantastic drums on this tune; they’re enthusiastic, passionate and prominent. Part of me would like to see these gents put through a bit of a more polished set up, just to see what it would sound like, but there’s always a possibility that they could lose some of that rusty and dusty charm.

Sectioned are boisterous and piercing in the way they sound. Their use of noise creates a wall of toxic that smothers listeners in the short amount of time that they are demolishing your eardrums.

To me, Sectioned sound very much, like a crust-punk band, similar to From Ashes Rise, or His Hero Is Dead; they’re just massive and a force to be reckoned with. Much like these two bands, the vocals are sharp, they’re just the way I like my metal vocalists; if you’re going to scream and be a vocalist, scream and be a vocalist, don’t be a wuss about it.

I love the outro to Another Cog, the song ends 45 seconds earlier, but they mess with feedback and loopings until it’s just this massacre of sounds and it’s beautiful. That song then leads into Placid, my favourite track from these guys. The drums on this thing, holy-fucking-shit; get some decent headphones and it’ll feel like someone is drilling your ear with a fist.

All of the songs from Sectioned are ravenous and hungry for human flesh, whereas Shudder’s instrumentation implies that they might cook you and then eat you with rusty utensils.

A powerful, in every sense of the word, split album that is worth your time, just let someone know where you go before you listen, or you might not come back in one piece, or at all.

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