Tractor/Skullcrusher - Sexy Big Butt/Machine Gun split
Tractor - Sexy Big Butt
Motörhead is the obvious influence here. That said, I liked the fastest songs--"Flying V Girl" and "Sexy Big Butt" the best for their punkish speed, and they're the least Motörheadish. The vocals are sometimes strained in the attempt for a more Lemmy-like delivery (sorry, not even close--he's just too high and accented).
Skullcrusher - Machine Gun
Gruff, heavily accented Engrish vocals here--very reminiscent of Japanese thrash or HC.
- "Death of A.B.L." - "A.B.L." is apparently supposed to be Osama bin Laden. Fucking killer Hellhammer "Messiah" worshipping main riff!
- "Machine Gun" - They switch to typical faster paced thrash here. Not bad, but ordinary sounding compared to their first song.
- "Nuclear Threat" - This has the Hellhammerish tone, but takes a more galloping approach. Reminds me a bit of "Captor of Sin" in some parts. Vocals switch to oddly-catchy crooning during the chorus.
- "Die by the Sword" (rehearsal) - Killed by the weak vocals.
Spoiler alert: Skullcrusher are the best band of this entire post, despite atrociously covering one of the greatest metal songs ever.
The Metaphor/Sudden Evil - Evil Rulz as Snake split
The Metaphor - Evil Rulz
The description promised black/thrash. Let's see...
- "Horror Attack" - Mostly generic black metal. There are short thrash sections that are underutilized, which are of course the most interesting.
- "Devils in Human-Skin" - Like a lo-fi, dirty version of '90s Slayer with BM vocals.
- "Evil Rulz" - Black metal overall--I guess there's a recurring riff that's pretty thrashy, although not enough to really push it into black/thrash territory.
- "Black Thrash" - After the intro, there's a mid-paced Slayeresque section which then segues into what the songtitle promises. The speed and ferocity here make it stand out positively compared to their other originals.
- "Darkness Descends" cover (live) - Ambitious choice. Hard to tell with the so-so sound quality, but it seems like a faithful, well-done rendition.
Sudden Evil's black/thrash is thrashier and generally more interesting riff-wise than The Metaphor's side. Depending on the song, the main vocals range between some kind of raspy talk-singing and raspy moaning; although unconventional, I preferred it to the more standard BM secondary vox used a few times. There are a couple (including right off the bat) unexpected Araya/Schmier high screams, but they're not strong enough to take seriously, and not numerous enough to provide tongue-in-cheek OTTness.
The "Pleasure to Kill" cover might have bordered on being a passable one-man-band version, but the vocals make it comically awful. The vox are a lethargic moaning--this guy is an evil Chinese version of Rodney Dunsmore! When it got to the slow middle section and I heard "I return to the cemetery," I imagined a retarded kid singing Kreator in that gimp semi-whisper and I lost it completely.
The Metaphor - Strike Back
2010 live CD. Compared to the split, they seem to have dropped the black metal (except for the harsh vocals) and opted for a more streamlined violent thrash sound. Definitely a wise decision.