Six Reasons to Kill

Morphology of Fear

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Split albums are rarely worth the bother, as they generally capture two bands only trying half as hard, correct? Not so this half-and-half release by German metal maniacs Six Reasons to Kill and Absidia, which offers some pretty tasty songwriting despite a very short total running time of 30 minutes. Six Reasons to Kill is up first, and opening salvo "War" gets things started in downright terrifying fashion, with ensuing explosions like "Drown in Frustration" and "Gates to Eternity" only furthering the band's Bolt Thrower-gone-grindcore style of death metal. Absidia's portion of the split begins with a surprisingly mild-mannered (and rather beautiful) piano instrumental entitled "Conspiracy Theory," but once it concludes, their next three offerings are perhaps even more extreme than Six Reasons to Kill's efforts. Indeed, "Written in a Minor Key," "Reversal of a Broken Hearted," and the Braveheart-quoting "No Longer Willing to Wither" nearly approach black metal, so vicious and precise is their assault. But death metal is still arguably its most accurate descriptive, and with the somewhat buried vocals on hand, some listeners might find Absidia reminiscent of deathcore countrymen Heaven Shall Burn at times.