Sacrificial Slaughter/Coathanger Abortion/Rottenness
The Hate Divide Split CD

This is a split cd which also includes the following bands, in addition to Sacrificial Slaughter:  Coathanger Abortion and Rottenness.  Mike Juliano’s HPGD label has always been one of favorite underground labels where I have discovered new and exciting bands.  If you have never heard either one of these bands, this is a good place to start.  Coathanger Abortion has a bunch of covers they do on this.  The Cannibal Corpse cover of “Beyond the Cemetery” is quite awesome.  The original song they do-“End of Me” is very good.  Brutal vocals, rooted in the Chris Barnes vein to a T, so them doing a CC cover makes a ton of sense.  Music is really heavy 90’s death metal.  The Misfits cover was cool, especially with the death metal vocals.

Mexico’s Rottenness utilizes the higher and lower register type of vocals.  For some reason they are reminding me of an obscure 90’s death metal band I used to listen to by the name of Puzzlehead.  Rottenness has some Cannibal Corpse influences and the song “Grotesque” is a very cool number.  Their production is on the rougher side of things.  Organic, but a little unpolished.  They throw some cover songs our way with covering C.O.C. and of all bands-The Stooges-that threw me for a loop.

For me the crowning gem of this release is Sacrificial Slaughter.  Having a few ep’s and albums to their ever-growing name, on these 4 songs the band brings it.  Opening with “Heinous Homicide”, which right after the intro you will wonder why Sacrificial Slaughter are not more popular-a severe injustice.  The unrelenting death/grind/thrash they perform is intense above all else.  Steve Worley’s vocals are deep and powerful and the guitar riffing will grind you to a pulp.  Extraordinary double bass and production is crisp, clear and mix is spot on.  The dual back n forth vocals of Steve and Necro Nick work perfectly.  “Foetal Banishment” has some punch you in your face pinch harmonics with raging double bass, blast beats, vocals to maul your pet sheep to and some great gang vocals.  Don’t snooze on the Slayer inspired guitar solos, they really are quite good, melodic at times.  The other 2 songs “The Hate Divide”, has some great bass guitar work and nice chanting of the title track at the end and the monstrous “The Separation of Innocence”, with its opening Holy Shit moment of brutality, will knock you down, pick you back up and knock you back down again, thus crushing your worthless body into a pile of blood, bone and pulp.  Mike had better be throwing some serious $krilla at Sacrificial Slaughter for their next record, because in all honestly this band deserves to be much bigger.  I am impressed with their attitude when I met them in California on the Bloodletting tour and they opened the Corona, CA show for us all.  Their set was intense, brutal and tight as hell.

The cd packaging is no frills.  Nice layout of band pictures and cool cover with the 3-band logos.  I definitely urge you all to like all of these bands FB page and order some CDs and merch from them all.  Best split cd for 2018.


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Written by Frank Rini
December 20th, 2018


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