Divider/Colony- Split by Toxicbreed If you are not aware, Divider and Colony are two bands from New York that have been making waves in the “sludge” realm of hardcore. You may have read about Divider before here at Figureheads when I covered the Throatruiner three-way split they contributed to with Bone Dance and Plebeian Grandstand. The stream comes to us from Toxicbreed’s Funhouse.
Without losing much time, let’s dissect this monster. Being a 7" it is relatively short but the short form does not restrict anything. Divider offers only one track to their side of the split. The relatively long track delivers a pretty hefty haymaker. There are no frills here but tribal-ish drumming and a staggering and stomping rhythm section gird a razor sharp gargle. Like I have mentioned before, Gray Ghost are an apt comparison but to me “Tide Lungs” is sonically akin to one of my favorite records of all time, Zao’s Liberate Te Ex Inferis (do yourself a favor, seriously) which itself took huge cues from Neurosis who, lest we all forget truly founded this “Doom-meets-hardcore” sub-sub-sub-genre.
On the flip side comes three tracks from Colony who can be a thrilling but frustrating group. The formula is familiar, fast paced blasts and dueling shouts but the trio are not content to be pigeonholed into the genre that everyone seems to want to call Power Violence these days. Druggy feeling riffs come close to cresting but never break in quite the way the style would dictate. Hardcore that bucks trends is almost a trend itself and the most exciting part about Colony is their complete unwillingness to ride behind that horse.
Even the multi-color record sleeve throws tradition right out the window. No faux-xerox art here, instead there is a satisfying wash of blue, red, and purple around a solid black planetary body at it’s core, looking like a nightmarish version of Beautiful Katamari, the Japanese import video game about rolling objects into a ball to create new stars. BUY IT!
Here is what we’ve been up to lately:
We’ve been doing a lot of short runs and making these cool custom shells for bands and other labels. This is some of our recent work 2 of which are our own releases (Bulk & Skull - South Of Cleveland EP/Still Searching - Broken Man: A Memoir.)
We have done work for Not Punk Record/Full Of Hell (pictured) and Toxicbreed’s Funhouse.
If you’re interested in a short run, limited edition cassette contact us: email@example.com
With 2016 bringing the end of Weekend Nachos, we figured it was only fitting to release their final LP via cassette format through Toxicbreed’s Funhouse. More details will be available in the near future, but keep an eye out for it. Our cassette run will be a one time thing.
An unreleased song from their forthcoming split with Polish band, Calm the Fire via Holy Roar Records this September.Lyrics:Through calcite, hairline fractured. Picked apart in tedium and cracking palms.Security is binded to familiar oppression.A highway to heaven, a prison of flesh.If the family had a name, by God it was blessed.The decrepit are constrained by ominous prophecy.The youth sold swiftly by their own fucking credulity.Terra Firma is calling, retreat from society.It offers me nothing, no olive branch or dogwood tree.Return to the mines and reject all that’s come to be.
It’s another day in reviews and this time it’s for Callow’s debut EP “Disappear Here”. I’m waiting for the cassettes to arrive at my house now so I can start making them but hopefully they should be ready soon. Check out the EP and download it for free here. Check out the review here.