Splits are, in general, a simultaneously good and bad thing. For each split that flows and feels strong through out (maybe even introduces you to a new band) there are probably 10 more that feel more like a way for bands to get rid of otherwise discarded songs. So with a bit of trepidation i grabbed this split and put it on.
Drainland have quickly made themselves known throughout the metal and hardcore worlds. While being based in Ireland that leaves them a little out of the way. The band has wasted no time in making their mark. Currently signed to Southern Lord that notation right there gives the listener and idea of what to expect. The band combines elements of dense sludge, crust and hardcore into a solid heavy sound. Their song on this split doesn't change this formula at all. The 5 minute long "The Coldest Ward" goes through a build up and break with ease. The builds never feel forced or there for amusement instead these create a heavy atmosphere almost a black cloud hanging over the listener.
Enabler are an American band who over the course of the last year have formed put out two EPs, a cd collection of said EPs and managed to get signed to Southern Lord as well. For all of the Sludge that Drainland show Enabler does away with much of their possible subtlety and creates a crusty metallic nastiness. Their sound could be likened to a slightly immature version of His Hero Is Gone. This release marks a point of growth for the band as much of their Eps were strong but felt like something was missing. Instead the songs on here flow and feel tougher and stronger than before.
So Simply put if you are a purveyor of crust and sludge or just want to experience what Southern Lord has in store for the future this would be a good piece of wax to pick up. These bands, while young, both show a bunch of promise and an ability to write hard edged songs.
7.7 / 10
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