Regosphere / The Vomit Arsonist – Split 7”ep Phange Tapes / Obfuscated Records / DumpsterScore Home Recordings 2013
One clearly positive aspect to split releases is that it provides opportunity to check out an act you might have otherwise missed. Whilst I am already well acquainted with The Vomit Arsonist, for this split Regosphere is the newbie act for me.
The US project Regosphere step up to take the lead on the A side with their single track ‘Death, Like A Thief’. Here the composition is a multi layered affair with a prominent mid paced pounding beat / pulse upon which wavering noise, loosely rhythmic metallic clatter and distortion drenched vocals are overlaid. Focused and relatively straight forward, in some ways it resembles a more subdued and lurching version of Mental Destruction, which is more than positive introduction to the group. The group’s self described style of ‘anxiety electronics’ is also pretty much on the mark.
Another rising US act, namely The Vomit Arsonist, take up the flip side with their track ‘Mind Turns Violent’ and deliver a composition within their trademark blending of death industrial and power electronics. The track is defined by a bass heavy, muffled and distortion overloaded production, where underneath this dank sonic mass an ominous droning synth and vague industrial rhythms can be detected, whilst the screeched vocals cut through with malice and spite. Great stuff as expected.
The cover is a black and white doubled sided card fold out sleeve, including lyrics, which is a nice touch seeing as the vocal delivery and production on both tracks renders them indecipherable. With a limitation of 300 this is a straightforward 7”ep with commendable tracks from both projects.