Fans of either artist should be overjoyed with Incredible's CD release of Earth and K.K. Null's Tour Split, as the original vinyl version is nearly impossible to find. For their part Earth contribute "Dexamyl," an 18-minute piece for one guitar and percussion; however, while its initial section is effective in a drone riff sense, the volume knob noodling of its extended center is unremarkable. Recorded in Tokyo in 2003, K.K. Null's "Andromeda" is, at first, louder and denser than the studio work he was releasing at the time (Atomic Disorder, say). White noise and manipulated sounds build to a screeching, massive wave -- like 10,000 bee hives broken open and attacking you -- but then the rush subsides and electronic noises begin to layer over one another. A ticking noise patters away in a sort of rhythm, and the ghosts of frayed patch chords rush by in the shadows. After about ten minutes there's a fracture, and suddenly the bee wave is back, caterwauling on the pulse of an air raid siren. A second, untitled piece from Null is exclusive to this CD version of Tour Split. It's similar to "Andromeda," though it gets more work out of a stuttering bottom end and extends the noisy psychosis of its ending section until your brain is nearly mince meat and dripping down your cheeks. In other words, it's fantastic.
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AllMusic Review by Johnny Loftus