This is a review of a split album between Seattle, Washington's Xiphoid Dementia and Bay Area, California's Bastard Noise called "Human Extinction Engine" which will be released in March by Scry Recordings and we will start off the review with Xiphoid Dementia a solo project that plays death industrial with some ambient, martial, drone and harsh noise elements.
His side of the split starts out with some brutal death industrial sounds along with some drones and elements of harsh noise, Spoken word samples are also added into some parts of the tracks along with some martial sounds also being utilized at times and a great amount of programmed beats can also be heard quite a bit throughout his side of the recording.
Elements of dark ambient and atmospheric soundscapes can also be heard briefly while one of the tracks is very long and epic in length. All 3 of the songs also sound very different from each other along with some synths also being used briefly. The production sounds very dark while the song themes focus on the psyche.
In mt opinion Xiphois Dementia is a very great sounding death industrial solo project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out his side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Spirals"
Next up is Bastard Noise a solo project that plays a very harsh form of noise.
His side of the split starts out with some harsh noises while also bringing in some atmospheric soundtrack music elements. A great amount of power electronics and underground industrial music sounds can also be heard at times as well as a brief use of demonic voices.
When high pitched screams a re utilized they bring in elements of grind and noisecore onto the recording along with a touch of black metal. Programmed beats can also be heard in some parts of the music, The production sounds very dark while the song themes focus on dark, metaphysical and political topics.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Bastard Noise and if you are a fan of atmospheric and harsh noise, you should check out his side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Extraterrestrial Spring Evening".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of death industrial and harsh noise. 8 out of 10.