By: Kara Chavez
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Released on March 16, 2015 via Independent
Irk completes the record on one side of the split with a mathematical, hardcore sound. It compliments Wren’s emotional sound with a vibrancy of raw music. It also has a punk feel to it – the ‘F U’ attitude you can almost see on the singer’s face when he is yelling in the microphones in front of the grungy bass lines.
At first, you think of a sloppy, grungy, post-hardcore/punk band that’s all in your face. But Irk is well planned out, thought through, and plays each note on purpose. The timing is right, the drums are spot on, and again with the bass, which is definitely my favorite part. I wouldn’t be surprised if he is slapping it in certain parts of the songs, either. It’s impressive.
‘Life Pervert’ is in the middle of their side of the split, and has an eerie spoken word, unapologetic words for life; it reminds me a bit of a spooky Trainspotting speech. But the next song, ‘Cibo per Gattini’ comes in loud and proud, knocking you back into the mathy bass and sludgy guitar.
But I cannot say enough how much I like the Wren side of the split. This side of the split would be enough for me to buy the album. It’s heavy, meaningful, poignant, and the guitars are incredible. It dives an emotion that reminds me of why I like music like this so much. I have said in reviews in the past that I love ISIS, they’re one of my favorite post-metal bands, but this Irk/Wren split brings it to a whole new level.
Each song compliments each other to keep the pace going. The howling screams of vocals spewing out over the screeching guitar sounds, lifts up and carries the entire album. The bass and drums are so heavy, that it creates that aura of gut wrenching post-metal emotion that makes me want to listen to this side of the split over, and over again.
‘Before the Great Silence’ has a few guitar solos to an added bonus. It breaks up the entire side of the album for a different sound. It stops of the heavy chugging of the guitar strings and brings a bit of technique into the sound that’s not usually done with music like this.
All in all, this is a great split. Two almost completely different bands that really complement each other. 4 songs for Irk, 3 for Wren. I recommend checking out this split, especially if you are into post-hardcore or post-metal. I’m excited to see what these two bands will also release in the future.