Friday, 9 May 2014

Psywarfare / Full of Hell Split 7"

Many great records were released as part of record store day this year. Of course there is the split I mentioned above, but that wasn't the only thing worth getting my hands on this year. Second in my RSD haul is this split 12" from the ever mysterious Psywarfare and Full of Hell. 
Upon hearing about the release of this split I was certainly intrigued as to how the two bands would work together. On the one hand we have the eclectic electronic noise of Psywarfare, and on the other we have trashing power of Full of Hell. If there is one thing to go by with this record, it is to not try and guess the record before you hear it.
Gone are Psywarfare's harsh electronic noises and samples and instead we have a slow, repetitive track that was inspired by Hawaiian music. This inspiration does come through, even if in an immensely twisted way. Full of Hell have also taken a step away from their norm, and produced an experimental track much more like other Psywarfare recordings, full of noise, drones and samples terrorizing your ears.
Once again, A389 were responsible for this split release, which comes in three varieties. The first was a green and white mix, which was only available at participating RSD stores. My local wasn't selling anything like this, so I was lucky when A389 announced the online sale of a clear with camo splatter variant. This version looks brilliant, but there was another that looks equally impressive. For sale on the Holy Terror website was a blue/pink splatter version that just looks insane.
A neat feature about these records are the tiny centre labels. They are about a third the size of the regular labels, and open up a lot of that clear and camo wax.
The Hawaiian theme has also seeped out of the wax to influence the packaging of the record, well the Psywarfare side at least. The artwork is very coloured and looks like it has come right of a dark forest from a Pacific Island.
The Full of Hell side is incredibly bleak in comparison, consisting of a single blade on a white background. It does perfectly suit the mood of the track though.
For the first time in a while, the tracks aren't available on the label's bandcamp. The Psywarfare side is streaming via Holy Terror, so if you missed out on another great record you can at least experience some of what it has to offer.

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