This is a review of a self released split album between Illinois's Chrome Waves and New York's Gridfailure which will be released on March 27th and we will start off the review with Chrome Waves a duo that plays a mixture of blackened rock and shoegaze.
Their side of the split starts out with ambient style soundscapes while most of their tracks are also very long and epic in length. Clean playing can also be heard in some parts of their songs along with a brief use of saxophones as well as the music also bringing in elements of shoegaze.
Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams along with the solos and leads being done in a very melodic style. All of the drum beats are also programmed while one track also introduces acoustic guitars and synths onto their side of the recording as well as adding in a brief use of clean vocals and they close their side of the split with a cover of Joy Division's "Th Eternal". The production sounds very dark while the lyrics cover nature themes.
In my opinion this Chrome Waves are a very great sounding mixture of blackened rock and shoegaze and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this duo. RECOMMENDED TRACK "A Fair Wind".
Next up is Gridfailure a solo project that plays a mixture of experimental, dark ambient, power electronics, harsh noise, field recordings and dark hardcore.
His side of the split starts out with a horror movie orientated atmosphere and field recordings along with a powerful sounding bass guitars a few seconds later. Vocals are mostly angry yet demonic screams while the music also gets very experimental at times as well as adding in some drum beats.
Harsh noises and power electronics are also a very huge part of his side of the recording as well as a couple of tracks also bringing in clean playing and acoustic guitars. All of the songs also sound very different from each other along with a brief use of melodic guitar leads and he closes his side of the split with a cover of Today Is The Day's "Temple Of Morning Star". The production sounds very dark and lo-fi while the lyrics cover dark and apocalyptic themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Gridfailure and if you are a fan of experimental, dark ambient, power electronics, harsh noise, field recordings and dark hardcore, you should check out his side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Napalm At Zero Gravity" and "Cascading Failures".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of post black metal, shoegaze, experimental and noise. 8 out of 10.