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a0518661314_10New Zealand’s Meth Drinker team up with the UK’s Moloch for a low-end dismal split that’ll get fans of Grief and Noothgrush getting as excited as their drug-addled mush brains can get.

Meth Drinker lacks any type of subtlety, which is a good thing as who wants a song like “Spleen Splitting Pavement” to get all heady or arty? Meth Drinker certainly abide by their  song titles and conjure up a sound belonging to the most awful of feelings and experiences. The crawling pace of each track coupled with the hazy production and tortured vocals do well shoot down the listener’s aspirations in mere minutes. The band’s far from reinventing the wheel, but solid, disgruntled and anti-social sludge of this caliber is always welcomed.

Like two miserable peas in a rotten pod, Moloch’s side compliments the Kiwis’ contribution perfectly as the mood finds no room for improvement and things feel even more claustrophobic. A bit less hazy and more bottom rounded, Moloch’s signature trudge sounds as crushing as ever. “Vomit Phobia” (what a name!)  builds for nearly four minutes with quarter note slams from in sync drums and guitars which tie in with the virulent vocals to create these great haymakers that land right in your gut. The cool groove after the buildup, while not upbeat, carries some momentum and heft that can get your foot tapping. This bit of groove and energy works well with the dirge like vibe of the beginning and the off sections that pop up later. Where “Vomit Phobia” eventually bubbles into a mid-tempo roll, “Hunchback” lurches solidly for its entire length and this is where Moloch are their best. My favorite release of Moloch’s is their split with ThouTears that Soak a Callous Heart, because songs like “Wroll” and “Dry Cough” are soaked in feedbeack and hit like a ton of bricks with their thumping quarter note intervals and the rarity of a consistent mid tempo. This is the vibe “Hunchback” hits as it’s slow, ugly, and never finds more than 5 hits from the drums in a measure.


A great offering from Moloch’s home label Feast of Tentacles.

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