7000 Dying Rats

7000 Dying Rats/Chelsea's Gone Under [Split EP]

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First and foremost, 7000 Dying Rats are the most underappreciated band to ever incorporate grindcore and fusion jazz. Their side of this split sounds as if it was taken from John Zorn's Naked City project: squeaky saxophones, odd noises, and keyboards blare along with the 30-second blips of chaotic thrash. A whole lot of fun, especially when the band doesn't take themselves seriously, from cramming a number of unlisted songs on one track to the hilarious samples taken from a 7000 Dying Rats live show. As one of the singers bellows in his best Blackie Lawless impression, "This song is about fire! It's called 'Fanning the Flames of Fire'!" Classic. Chelsea's Gone Under is the complete opposite. Taking themselves a little more seriously, their contribution of "Anthony and the Boulevard" is a slower, more flowing track of feedback, odd violin noises, gentle emo-ridden guitars, and wrenching vocals. Not even in the same league as 7000 Dying Rats, but worthwhile, as CGU has a sound all of their own.

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