Six tracks, three a piece for Coffin Rot and Molder, nothing but devastating and vile death. Coffin Rot and Molder are two of death metal’s most promising acts, and within this split they show exactly why that is. Each band plays a stripped down and raw style of death metal that leaves your veins dry and your head severed. Their sound is fetid and foul and forever relentless as they usher forth a blood letting sound that is sure to rip you to shreds. This split is chaotic, intense and putrid as each band offers up a slab of sickening death that simply cannot be denied.
Leading the charge on this split is Coffin Rot. These death merchants burst through the speakers with their opener Living Cremation. This opener is an intense and wicked offering that is furious and bone crushing to say the least. Coffin Rot rumbles through this two and a half minute track aiming to pulverize you in to nothing more than an unidentifiable blood stain. As Living Cremation ends, Unmarked Shallow Grave begins. With this cut, Coffin Rot continues their rampage offering up yet another grisly and putrid slab of death. With lacerating riffs coupled with ever charging drumming and inhuman growls, Coffin Rot ushers forth a sound that is wholly unforgiving and punishing. Their two original tracks within this split are cranium impaling and flesh eating as each track rumbles along tearing flesh from bone. These are maniacal and nasty cuts of death that leave you bloodied and beaten, only to have you stacked up with the rest of the corpses that they have collected. Coffin Rot’s side of this split is menacing and terrorizing as they present you with nothing but foul disease ridden death. Coffin Rot ends their side of the split with a cover of Cancer’s Hung, Drawn and Quartered, a perfect and violent way to end their split, leaving the rest of the mutilating to Molder.
As mentioned above, the second half of this split belongs to Molder. Condemned to the Catafalque is their opening offering of death that features an even more stripped down, bare bones sound. This opening cut from Molder is a barbaric and savage offering as it charges forth with murderous intent. Condemned to the Catafalque is a miasmal and ever gutting offering that ends near the four minute mark only for it to roll in to the next damning offering titled Skulker. Skulker plays much the same way as Condemned to the Catafalque as it is just as skin shredding and flesh peeling. Each of these two tracks are propelled forth by Molder’s overall stripped down sound that is harsh and punishing all on its own. Molder’s sound features razor sharp riffs that are backed by blasting drumming, bone rattling bass lines and torturous screamed vocals that seem to be howled from beyond the casket. Each of the two original tracks here from Molder are sinister and flesh crawling as they offer up an unrelenting and blood letting sound. Molder rounds the entire split out with an excellent cover of Repulsive Death by Morgue.
This split is something to behold as it features death metal’s two most prominent upcoming bands. Each band brings something different to the table and each band executes their respective tracks so well making this to be an overall well rounded and cohesive offering. Each track here is a barbaric and savage offering leaving your head hanging by just a thread and your entrails drooping out of your skin by the end of it all. This you cannot miss or pass up on if you are a fan of death metal.
This split will be released November 9 on cassette and digitally and for vinyl it will be released November 24, 2018 through Rotted Life.