Grace / Tide of Iron: The Hard Work E.P. Split 7"
Grace are a band made up of former members of Jinn, who were a pretty scary band to watch back in the day, they've slowed down for Grace, but are no less intimidating. With roared, raw vocals and a more epic feel than their hardcore past would suggest, this almost sounds like sadly-gone scene gods Taint gone aggro. This is a good thing, their two tracks are over too fast. The second one literally, it stands at a rippling 90 seconds, amazing. Unhinged metallic hardcore for fans of Coalesce and Deadguy. Tide of Iron are a bit more chaotic, but no less of a intimidating prospect, their Amphetamine Reptile-esque scratchy guitar sound and rough as hell vocals give the impression of a band more at home in a dusty pub back room than anywhere else and that's how we like it. No pretention, just tunes to forget your mind to. The song titles seem to reflect this view, talking of condiments and dirty protests. Compared to such greats as Big'n, Cherubs and Helmet, you can't go wrong with Tide of Iron! Black vinyl in black/white sleeve with obi-strip and a bunch of stickers.