Escape Is Not Freedom/dusK Village Split [EP Review]

Escape Is Not Freedom - dusK Village SplitI haven’t touched on many bands from the US, but today I have a split EP from two bands bringing you some pretty beefy noise. Neither band seem to be particularly big in size, but by volume is a different story.

Escape Is Not Freed kick off with Boiling Nails; satisfyingly comparable to Deftones at their best. Elements of doom and sludge slapped into a loud, heavy burst, each instrument brings a powerful touch and the reverbed vocals just give it that grand polish. This one is certainly a head banger.

We’re Wrecked is a slower piece where although the guitars and bass retain the same tones, the entire feel of the song is breezier and feels like it would be an album title track. The guest vocals here add a new dynamic, although personally I don’t feel they do a great deal for the song. Something about them just doesn’t sit right for me after the first couple of minutes. Maybe it’s the more gothic feel to it, which isn’t really my thing, so I can’t say that the song won’t be more appreciated by a lot of you reading this.

dusK Village offer something more punked up with a much rawer sound and a less fucks given style. The vocals are more growled than sung and the rhythms put the band more into doom/noise territory. Similarly, this side contains a more upbeat offering in the form of Exolife Civilization Leak, and the slower paced effort of A Self Fan. However, there is a little less variance below the dominating noise punk elements, which will prove key to it’s enjoyability for the listener.

As similar as they could be classified, I wouldn’t have put these two bands together; Escape Is Not Freedom having a cleaner, more rhythmic sound to them and dusK Village coming across as quite the obnoxious noise outfit, there are a couple of loose elements which result in a split EP that will appeal to a lot of people. For me, I like things rougher and less predictable. Not to pit the two bands against each other, but most listeners will take to the sound that Escape Is Not Freedom offer as opposed to the more in your face barrage. That said, as long as you’re open minded enough and a fan of these genres, I’m sure you will give the full EP a fair few listens.

Rating: 7.2/10

Jake Hancke – 28/01/2018

The Escape Is Not Freedom/dusK Village Split EP will be released on 23rd February 2018 and is available to pre-order now via Bandcamp.

You can find more on Escape Is Not Freedom via Facebook.

You can find more on dusK Village via Facebook and Soundcloud.


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