Scottish synapse stretchers Co-Exist follow their acclaimed and impressive album Violent Intentions Begin with Slow Incisions of 2010 with another intensive senses exploiting sonic corrosion in the deliciously intrusive shape of the Skelf EP. A rabid sonic savagery spews from the incendiary mesh of intensive metal, rapacious thrash, and vitriolic grindcore; the effect and presence of the release a tempest of intensity, spite, and downright viciousness which exhausts and devours whilst simultaneously igniting the passions.
Consisting of vocalist Dawson Taylor, bassist John Clark Paterson, drummer Quzzy, and guitarists Charlie Perratt and Marc Mullen, the 1998 formed Glasgow quintet have over the past couple of years sculpted an impressive reputation for their sonic scarring and the latest release only reinforces and strengthens their reputation for skilfully crafted and passionately bred unbridled caustic and intimidating persuasion. Creating a squalling quarrelsome mix of Coilguns, Retox, and The Locust, band and EP are an extreme scourge of deeply rewarding invention which takes little time in reaping the more restrained seeds sown in the dawning steps from Of Steel for an intensive examination. Holding itself in check initially it may be but the song is still instantly intimidating in its lure and temptation as it seduces the listener into the subsequent torrent of crippling rhythms, insidious sonics, and ruinous riffs. Driven by the abrasive vocal squalls of Dawson, the track is insatiably brutal but beneath in its underbelly creates an underlying groove and grinding irritant which only entices.
The fury of barbed hooks which score the psyche is continued by the following tempest Eyepliers and the toxic Kick yer fucking cunt in, their malevolence alone nasty and merciless but combined pure sonic destruction. The first of the two is a sonic rape of ears and mind, every note an intrusive grain within a storm of bedlamic abrasion. Its two minutes of life burns the senses whilst lungs try to grasp an ounce of air within the aggressive furnace. Its successor is as equally toxic; vehemence and noxious intent reducing the body and mind into easy prey for its open predation. Both songs are exhausting scintillating treats and easy to give full submission to.
History of violent behaviour spawns from a more metallic source, a classic metal essence coaxing out a more accessible, compared to those tempests before, rampage of grooves and melodic craft within the constant tumultuous rage also employed. It is a superbly structured charge which only invites full hunger for its creative premise but does remain in the shadows of the earlier and subsequent blazes of toxicity as in the outstanding Brass Knuckles, the track almost fifty seconds of tempestuous thrash abuse. Another sonic terror fused to invidious tension, the short mental mauling achieves more damage and provides greater satisfaction than most bands can create in a marathon of minutes.
The release ends with a lasting flight of sonic cruelty in Stress fractures, a track which stands toe to toe with the venomous peaks already stet by the EP. It concludes a rabid and greedy fury of primal infestation which leaves only an urgent hunger for more of the destructive imagination violating the senses. Certainly a release for those with masochistic tendencies towards their music, Skelf and indeed Co-Exist provide a ruinous creative pestilence it is impossible not to have a desperate appetite for.
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