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.