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Comrades/Agathocles (fansite)
Split CD (SOA Records)

By: Jeb Branin

This is my second exposure to the self described "dark edge violence" of COMRADES. They take the ultra low tuned death metal delivery of early Carcass and combine it with a classic grindcore sound. They then throw in angry political lyrics with a straight edge slant and deliver the whole thing with the extremely raw production found in most mincecore. It is quite the mix of styles, actually and it works most of the time. They are definitely pissed and passionate in their delivery and that helps to overcome the very muddy production. The second band on the disc is the legendary AGATHOCLES who have got to be one of the most prolific extreme bands ever. While even on an off release they are better than most of the grinding mince core bands who mimic them, this is not one of their better attempts. Most of the stuff they have recorded in the last couple of years had seemed to be a leap forward for band into a more dynamic style, this however, seems to be a step back and more reflective of some of their earlier work. Maybe it is the production more than the song writing (even more muddy than COMRADES), I'm not sure, I just know this doesn't grab me like I expected it to. Fans who adored their early material will be all over this.
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