Split releases are a good way for bands to put something out at half the cost, and it’s always important as you might guess to get the right balance between the 2 bands music right for the listener. There is always going to be complaints with a split release from Napalm Death and Lady Ga Ga I suppose, that’s similarities being stretched a bit far in that they both have long hair. In this case though It looks a good fit, where both band could pick up a few more followers with the resulting 2 tracks each. Black Dots from Denver lead us by the hand into the deep dark Forrest, with pounding drums and twanging guitars not knowing what’s ahead. Bittersweet Though Mostly Bitter picks the pace right up with some rhythmic drumming and a crescendo of guitars, spinning and tumbling through the song with lyrics at a pace you can still make sing along to. You don’t have long to wait for the 2nd offering, Diets for the Dying is another heavy beat depicting drums and bass constantly in the forefront of the track. There is a lull in the track on a couple of occasions, where the bass keeps the song bounding along before the trees clear, the sky opens and the song is uplifted once again with harmonious vocals to the end.
An unusual name for a band unless your of the long toothed variety, Gentlemen Prefer Blood are a 3 piece from Los Angeles who are by no means new comers, with ex members of Big In Japan, The Gain & American Lies. Here we have the vocal right upfront in your face, with the 1st track Everybodies got one there is a driving tune of tradition USA punk rock all the way through. It has the melodic harmonies of those early songs over crashing cymbals and pumping bass, before its stripped back to the bone of an isolated vocal spilling out its words. A very abrupt ending takes you by surprise, before Strech Remedy kicks your arse again from the first rabid chords that introduce us to the last track. The chords are flying back and forward slicing through those melodic verses in a hail of beats and cymbals, USA punk rock as it should be sung instead of the high pitches squealing of someone who has had an accident with their zipper.
These could easily please an audience supporting each other’s gigs, they most defiantly please a listening audience with this 4 track ep. It’s no nonsense approach cuts back the skin to reveal the raw untainted talent both The Black Dots & Gentlemen Prefer Blood have without losing the fast pace tunes and melody that are prominent in all 4 tracks.