xCANAANx and Thirty Seconds Until Armageddon – Split

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Summary

  • Fans of: Converge, Dillinger Escape Plan, Botch, Cave In, Hatebreed, Red Roses for A Blue Lady, Sky Came Falling, Man Vs. Humanity, Darkest Hour, Unearth.
  • UK tour supports with 18 Visions, Throwdown, Himsa, Reaching Forward.
  • Available in 4 different colours.
  • xCANAANx tracks recorded by John Hannon.

Track Listing

  1. xCANAANx - From Blood To Fire
  2. xCANAANx - Sometimes Death Is Better
  3. 30 Seconds Until Armageddon - Drone
  4. 30 Seconds Until Armageddon - Lost

About this Release

When 2 of the UK’s heaviest, most passionate and integral bands on the underground circuit that just happen to be great friends, team up to deliver a crushing new split 7″, you can’t help being thrilled with anticipation towards the outcome. You also wouldn’t be blamed as that’s exactly the kind of preparation required to hear these new tracks from 2 of the most promising hardcore bands around right now.

With the mighty and already well-established xCANAANx keeping the black heart of the South beating, and their “friends in the north” TSUA continuing their understated reign as one of, if not the most devastating band from our Northern territory, this is bound to refresh the British hardcore scene.

A welcome answer to the current storm of newly bred chaotic hardcore pouring in from the rest of Europe. Essentially it’s the perfect match, xCANAANx demonstrate how brutal, hardcore mosh should really be “played” or perhaps more appropriately “destroyed” and TSUA inject the technicalities of math-rock into bludgeoning metallic hardcore.

The fact that both bands are actually capable of upholding a noticeable identity in the current ever-growing yet rather absorbing fog of “heavy-hardcore” is the most impressive thing. The two tracks on xCANAANx’s A-side are definite signs of both progression and a band that have run a fine-toothed comb through their methods of delivery.

It wouldn’t be the same without the trademark Hatebreed-esque riffs and mosh-parts that are thankfully present, but now integrated is a new usage of melody. The basis of this harks back to guitar work of the older metal styling of Slayer but cleverly disguised with incredible blast beats and hooks that bring the dense layering of Darkest Hour and Sky Came Falling to mind.

The other notable aspect of xCANAANx are the vocals which not only tear at your ear drums but are brought forth with the conviction and intensity required if you”re delivering xCANAANx’s type of message. “Count the fucking days until you crawl into your graves”, “Our wounds have healed but the scars remain”.

TSUA couldn’t be more ideal for the flip side (if you choose to play them in that order of course) with their ferociously intense hardcore it’s a wonder how they manage to still apply the dynamic, mind-boggling structures of Botch, Man Vs. Humanity and Dawncore. With the evasive, pummelling start to their first track, Drone it’s an eye opener to be faced with the lyrics “Live to please die without recognition” carried with such abrasive harmonies no sooner than to confuse you into a breakdown easily worthy of a spot on any Coalesce set list. The vocals are relentless in aggression and the music just gets more invigorating the more it continues.

This is a formidable 7″ that deserves your full attention and if it doesn’t it will quite literally pull it out of you!

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