Kill Life / 33 - Split [7-inch] (Cover Artwork)
Staff Review

Kill Life / 33

Split [7-inch] (2011)

All the way live records/ Chap

Now that the Internet has made finding out stuff as easy as the click of a button, some bands have purposefully begun to cloak themselves in mystery and misinformation. Rumored to contain members of Integrity, Crass, Fucked up, and Magrudergrind, Kill Life has taken this trend to the next level. Their side of this split contains no information beyond the name of the songs, and their website is a looped perpetual howling with a static image of what might be vertebrate. The music itself is a little more concrete, beginning with a minute-long Clevecore-metalcore stomping, with what sounds like Integrity's Dwid Hellion on the vocals. Then it segues into the next two "songs" which are at first a brief sound scape before devolving into an audio recording of a 911 call which documents a gruesome chimp attack on a person. Much like the bands of whom members are rumored to be in Kill Life, it's likely that the band will go even further into the avant-garde. While the piece is intriguing, it seems that with all the talent and experience at their hands, they could have made a more permanent or at least more lengthy statement than this one-minute-forty-second-long side.

The flip side features 33, which make no attempt as to explain why they are sharing a record with their mysterious companions. More concrete, 33 play hardcore supported by driving rips that flip between straight thrashing and blues based metal. "Dark Light" doesn't necessarily break much new ground, but it does manage to keep crunchy hardcore fresh between its driving pace that backs off and allows the almost Danzig III-ish riff to send the tune out to sea. "Coke Party" follows in a similar pattern, with more of a traditional hardcore punk format, cutting in at less than a minute and sharing more in common with the howled refrains of Battalion of Saints than the slam dancing of Ringworm.

While neither band makes it a point to show why they decided to pair up, each bands relative strengths suggests they should have each cut an individual record. 33 quite clearly knows what they're doing, and a fully fledged five-song EP would allow them a little more time to carve themselves out from the masses of modern hardcore acts. Kill Life's sheer weirdness and ambiguity is somewhat hampered by having such a "normal" group share its release. Still though, as far as the music goes on its own merits, each band knows what it wants to do, and does it pretty damn well.