Isis/Melvins - Split
A band that is going to be no longer together and a band that hasn't had it for a while team up here on this split each offering two tracks for your enjoyment. Nothing really to get excited about here but worth a listen for fans of each of the bands.
Norma Jean - Meridional
Not really a fan of their past work although I didn't mind "Bless the Martyr". I've heard a lot of hype on this album and it does live up to the hype. They don't bring anything new to the table, but they deliver great riffage, and the lead singer has a pissed off vibe about him throughout the album even though he doesn't refrain from that too often. Some of the standout tracks off this album are, "Deathbed Atheist", "A Media Friendly Turn for the Worse", "High Noise Low Output", and "Innocent Bystanders United".
Torche/Boris - Chapter Ahead Being Fake (Split 10")
Another split from two bands who I can't wait to here what direction they are going with their music next, especially Torche. The Torche song on this split is "King Beef" which has been released for quite a while now and I feel like there are two parst to that song. One, it feeling like something off of their last release, Meanderthal, where is was straight to the point really fast, catchy music and the second half gives you a sludge feeling towards it. If you ask me if they would have cut the sludgeyness of the second half of this song I would like it much better but it seems to drag on and on. Oh yeah, I forgot Boris is on this too laying down a 12 minute track called Luna.