Lines In Wax

TWELVE YEARS OF UNWANTED OPINION

Month: April 2012

Cripple Bastards / Looking For An Answer – Split 6″ (2011)

Cripple Bastards / Looking For An Answer – Split 6″ (2011)

I’ve become very selective with my grind purchases these days (which is a real shame, but money is a factor), but this looked really interesting so I picked it up. I love the homage-style splits that come around every so often, and this one features two really awesome players in the grind scene so it would have been daft not to get it. I got it in June 2011 at some stall in Hellfest, three months after it’s initial release on Rescued From Life Records. I don’t want to spend ages picking this one apart, because I don’t feel right doing it. This is a blistering cover-fest by two no-nonsense grindcore outfits, and can only really be described as that. You must have been living under a rock if you’re into grind and not familiar at least with one Cripple Bastards release; these folks have been going for fucking ages. Here they cover tracks by Impulsive Manslaughter and Negative FX. Even the influencers have their influences! (Does that sound stupid? Fuck it). Looking For An Answer spew out cover versions of Ruido De Rabia and Napalm Death. I’d recommend this little 6″ to fans of both modern blasting grind and to fans of 80s hardcore/crust. It’s a modern day homage to the latter, and an excellent passageway backwards in time for the uninitiated. It’s still pretty cheap to pick up too.

Covenance – Ravaging The Pristine (2005)

Covenance – Ravaging The Pristine (2005)

As far as I can tell from quick searches around the net, Covenance seemed to be a short lived project involving members of Dying Fetus and Misery Index. Whether this is true or not, I am not entirely sure. I got this 7″ back in the day when the dollar was weak as piss compared to the British pound, and I would get tons of records off Relapse imported at a fraction of the price it would cost me to buy them in my country or in Europe. So, understandably, I know very little about it. All I know is that it was pressed (badly) by Emetic Records. The artwork is all stretched and distorted, pixellated and completely ruined. this goes for the back artwork rather than the discs and the front, but it still sucks. Who is to blame for this I am not quite sure, it could easily be the label, the pressing plant, or a combination / lack of communication between the two. Nevertheless, this does not effect what is on the actual disc. Covenance are actually pretty brutal. I can see where this whole Dying Fetus / Misery Index connection is made but it is on a whole more “grindy” level than say brutal death metal. The disc spins at 45rpm and is over before you’ve come to terms with dropping the needle on the wax. But, I guess, this really works with grind. Boom! Fucking have that, you twats! If you see this lying around I suggest you pick it up; I can’t imagine it’s worth anything (currently £2 on Discogs). (2021 edit: this and any other Emetic Records release has been controversially banned from Discogs. There is a whole interesting drama as to ‘why’, which raises bigger questions in the long term for the marketplace. You can check it out over at https://www.discogs.com/forum/thread/787122?page=2 if you are interested.)