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Vivisick / Mukeka Di Rato
Split LP/CD (Sound Pollution)

By: Jeb Branin

I was pretty stoked to get this. Not only are VIVISICK and MUKEKA DI RATO both great bands, but teaming them up was a stroke of genius. Additionally, the last release on Sound Pollution was a split LP (with BRODY'S MILITIA and WIDESPREAD BLOODSHED) and it turned out to be one of the top ten albums of the year. VIVISICK step up to the plate first and hit the ball out of the park. In fact, I think they put it in orbit. They play unbridled thrash with a reckless abandon. In fact they would probably spin completely out of control except they have cemented their sound with lots of got-to-hear-it-to-believe-it melody and everyone-in-the-house-scream-along moments. I can't imagine any fastcore fan anywhere in the world who wouldn't love every second of this. Unfortunately the MUKEKA DI RATO tracks aren't quite at the same level. Although still very fierce and gruff, and definitely very listeneable, MDR do a bit of experimenting with a variety of styles and in the end sound a bit disjointed. There are touches of thrash, grind, chugga, metal and the kitchen sink. None of it is bad, not by a long shot, but none of it lives up to the brilliance of their Acabar Com Voce CD either. Going back to the baseball metaphor, VIVISICK wins this one by a couple of runs, but it was definitely a great game!
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