Split 2016 Wide Open with Hadak Ura and Voice of Crows

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Last April, Hadak Ura crushed my dick with their abominable concoction of black metal and grindcore Forever Dying/Forever Dead. The short album was a brief rampage of blind fury and orcish rage that tore down all opposition and salted the earth just to ensure no life would ever return. Now, the fighting Uruk-hai of grindcore have returned with a new split, and this time they’ve brought friends and some new tricks.

The front half of the Hadak Ura/Voice of Crows split is an alchemic firebomb of manic diversity. Lead track, “The Satanic Century,” ramps up the energy with a glam metal scream atop downtuned grind chugging and organic d-beat carnage in a way that certainly captures your attention. Each of the band’s remaining three tracks show off unique components of their skill set. “God Never Sleeps” features a lock-step interplay between the rhythm section that feels like it was ripped straight from a ska album before “Planned Obsolescence” buries everything in a tidal wave of landfill feedback more appropriate for a doom album from The Body. Hadak Ura finish the set strong with a bizarre hybrid of tribal drumming and churning grind more akin to noise rock than anything else. All in all, the HU half is a seething maelstrom of ugly, inky violence, and you owe it to yourself to check out this most inventive take on a genre that often refuses to experiment. It’s entirely riveting throughout.

Voice of Crows anchor their half of the split with a decidedly more conventional/punk rock take on grind. Yes, there’s blasting. Yes, there’s d-beat. Yes there’s distortion and shouting and twisting chords, but the music never strays too far from the formula. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though. If the Hadak Ura half of the split is the sound of an unhinged postal working going blitzkrieg with a kukri in a costume shop, the Voice of Crows half is a hate mosh in your governmental cubicle after one final paper jam error. It’s all pretty expected, but golly does it rock!

2016 has already had its fair share of excellent short releases. You can now add another to that list. If our attention spans are truly deteriorating, at least the world of heavy music still knows how to cater to its goldfish-brained listeners. Do not miss this split.

You can download the Hadak Ura digital half of the cassette for any price here. The Voice of Crows half can be downloaded for absolutely free here. Go find Hadak Ura on Facebook and tell them the Terlet says, “Aloha.”

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  • kitties and upside-down crosses. today is a good day.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Blast away the gray monday morning motherfuckery with satanic felines

      • Dubs

        Wouldn’t that be all felines?

        • #notallfelines

          • Dubs

            I dunno, I’ve never met a cat that doesn’t enjoy creating hellish havoc for funsies.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            I found my two cats after their first owner dumped them by the side of the road. I saved them before they freezed to death or died of starvation.

            As a thank-you, they destroyed my curtains within the first week they were at my home.

          • Dubs

            That’s kitties for ya.

      • not only a kick-ass tune, but a good brotip for life in general

        • Edward/Breegrodamus™
          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Personally I’m still more of a fan of this Darkthrone era.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBwu83RR6ZU

          • 1. A Blaze in the Northern Sky
            2. Under a Funeral Moon
            3. Transilvanian Hunger
            4. Panzerfaust
            5. Soulside Journey

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            I would replace 5 with Ravishing Grimness. That album is always overlooked. So cold…
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0RMvL6Do1s

          • Very overlooked. I’m actually not very familiar with this one. I do agree that it is cold though. Thanks for the posting this, I have it bookmarked for later. This is also an album you don’t see much in distros.

          • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

            My collection is sadly missing both Darkthrone anf Bathory

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            High time to do something about that!

          • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

            Yeah, at least theyre widely available

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            I’m still getting into daily fits of rage over the lack of availability of Suffocation’s Pierced from Within and the Coroner albums. Shit’s impossible to find at a reasonable price.

          • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

            Lots of albums are like that, and shit that will just never be repressed. Thats why i always go for those LPs, even if theres one i might like more

          • Dubs

            At least Obscura got re-issued recently.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            That Gorguts album was out of print? Wow.

          • Dubs

            At least on CD. Not sure about vinyl.

          • Dubs
          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Yep, got myself a nice copy.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            There will always be a copy up for sale of those albums. But they come at a price. One day I’ll probably give in to my cravings and one of those way-to-expensive copies. I’ve also been searching for ages for Khanate’s debut album. But the only reasonably priced copies of them are Japanese papersleeves.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Z1HSHjeJ4w

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Killer album, luckily got it when it came out. Happy hunting. Silence while I strip bones……
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxGPPDbclKg

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Once he started whispering “I wear…a human shield…” I fell in love with it. Still my favourite drone metal album ever.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            It’s pretty sick.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Which is a good thing.

          • Prices for out of print albums are the worst. Only dummies would pay $88 bucks for an out of print CD on Discogs. And these dummies are out there.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            I’m probably going to turn into one of said dummies myself. Completing your metal collection can be stressful. Especially if you (like me) had a bit of a late start and still have a list of about 300 albums (just metal) to buy a physical copy of.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            The biggest thorn in my side that needs a fucking reissue!
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WSwdnl3ptU

          • COAL GROHL

            I’m guilty of being one of said dummies

          • Never enough Darkthrone or Bathory. Utterly essential for any metal collection.

          • Detective Fish

            Definitely agree on the Bathory part.

          • I have a lot of Darkthrone on vinyl, I think I have 8 albums actually total. No Bathory yet on vinyl, just CD’s.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            I have the trifecta in vinyl of the black metal albums and damn near all on CD for Darkthrone. Bathory, I have the first album on vinyl, original, and a few CDs.

          • Oops. I do have the first Bathory on vinyl (White Goat). I have The Return and Under the Sign of the Black Mark on CD. Still working on collecting Darkthrone and Bathory, but I have my personal favorite albums which comforts me.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            It was reissued in 2011 by Peaceville.

          • Good to know. I’ll keep an eye out for it. I’m sure it will be available at MDF.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
        • Oh yes! This track is so triumphant! This album is a fun one. I do enjoy it for what it is.

  • Detective Fish

    This Hadak Ura is pretty fucking badass, and all over the place in a good way! *urge to destroy everyone and everything intensifies*

    http://i.imgur.com/pN4xMhd.gif

  • Waynecro

    This is pretty killer! Thanks, man!

    • Dubs

      Ain’t no thang.