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Kaliban - Rune Split - reviewed by: Souldestroyer

Track Listing
Kalibas
1. Cyanideology
2. Track Marks on a Beer Rag
3. Get Ugly
4. From Rags to Ruin

Rune
5. Birds with Broken Wings
6. Song of the Sirens
7. Weep for Nothing
8. For the Weary and the Sullen

Teaming Willowtip Recordsí grind heavyweights Kalibas, with Relapseís own up-and-coming Rune, the new split album from Relapse showcases four new songs from each band, giving you a half hour of brutal grind.

Kalibasí side gives you a sample of what youíd hear on their Willowtip debut, "Product of Hard Living", with brutal high and low vocals and technical guitar and drum work that result in sheer chaos. The only problem I could find was in the mixing. The bass doesnít always come through well, which isnít what youíd normally hear on a Relapse release. But outside of this, the Kalibas songs are awesome, although I didnít think they were quite as good as their release on Willowtip. They have alot of groove, which is good, but nothing extraordinary stands out.

On the other side, Rune is a band that is relatively new to the scene. Their first song "Birds with Broken Wings" features some incredibly fast guitar work and some really impressive drumming. The vocals arenít quite as sick as I would have hoped, but they still get the job done. The only problem is the final track, "For the Weary and the Sullen", an instrumental track that is merely random noise. I really didnít see the point of adding this track to the album, seeing as how it doesnít add anything to it or have anything to do with the rest of the CD. It sounds more like something youíd hear in the background from a Sci-Fi channel show. Despite that, Rune shows alot of promise, and I definitely look forward to hearing what they offer in the future.

The album as a whole isnít the best thing in the world. The two bands mixed pretty well together, but it just seemed to be lacking something. A few production tweaks, and the Kalibas side could have been better. And if Rune hadnít used that last song, their side would have been great. All in all, a good grind album...but not a great grind album.

Rating: 7 out of 10 --Souldestroyer 3.26.03
Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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2003
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