Album Review: Lavotchkin/End To Empires – Split EP

By on Friday, 27th May 2011 at 12:00 pm

What do you do if you want to showcase two brutalising and captivating bands at the same time? Sure you could form a supergroup and massacre each other’s material. Or you could use the age old technique of a split record. Rarely seen in mainstream music stores, but there’s splits aplenty across most British labels, and 30 Days Of Night have just released a doozy.

Available on vinyl (in three different colours) and as a digital download, the Lavotchkin/End To Empires EP is worth every penny. Featuring two tracks from each band to showcase their skills, it’s a short sharp burst of noise which is resonating across the north of the UK and is sure to spread.

The Newcastle hate-mongerers Lavotchkin (pictured above) kick off the record in suitable style, ‘Ben Gardners Head’ hits you like a whirlwind of pummelling hardcore metal. At just under 3 minutes, the five-piece manage to crank up the carnage and unleash a flurry of big sounding music and distorted vocals. Akin to the likes of Botch and Converge, Lavotchkin are unrelenting in their quest to destroy your brain through their genre of math/hardcore. ‘Arkady’ is equally as heavy and crushing but on a slower scale, but the ferocity is still there. For a small angry band from up north, they’re playing like the biggest metal band in the world.

Following Lavotchkin are the Leeds noiseniks End To Empires. Their first offering is the thrashy yet constructed ‘Kill The Epidemic’. Building up and up into a frantic blast of hardcore with one of the most menacing voices in UK metal, circle pitting is compulsory. Following on is the longest track on the EP at 3:02, ‘Heaven’s Vultures’. The opening chugging riff keeps the groove throughout and creates an unashamedly metal feel. The constant pounding of drums and Yorkshire screams leave your speakers gasping for breath whilst you chant the words “Heaven’s Vultures” repeatedly – a chant you can expect to hear coming from your local Barfly soon.

Coming in at under 12 minutes, it’s a four-song glimpse into what British metal is doing and how the North is keeping it as ballsy and angry as possible. The chaotic nature of the EP will leave you dizzy but clamouring for more, which, given the rise in popularity for both bands across the UK, won’t take long.


Lavotchkin will be touring with Crocus and Run, Walk! in June at the following dates:

Tuesday 7th June 2011 – Sheffield Earl
Wednesday 8th June 2011 – Edinburgh Banshee Labyrinth
Thursday 9th June 2011 – Newcastle Northumberland Arms
Friday 10th June 2011 – Leeds Well
Saturday 11th June 2011 – Kingston Cricketers
Sunday 12th June 2011 – Southampton Crushtival @ Hobbit
Monday 13th June 2011 – Brighton Hydrant
Tuesday 14th June 2011 – London Old Blue Last
Wednesday 15th June 2011 – Birmingham Flapper

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