With great assurance, I can conclude that January was more or less quiet, with only a few releases worth your attention. Luckily for us, February is looking much brighter with piles of rad new recordings in almost every possible underground genre you could imagine. A brand new split record between L.M.I. and Vulturepeak is one of those exceptional releases you should unquestionably keep your eyes peeled. You probably stumbled upon my review about Excess Subconscious, a full-length album by L.M.I, which I posted on these pages a couple of months ago. The group emerges from Lansdale, Pennsylvania, and it’s been active for more than a decade. Since their formation, the group released loads of brilliant recordings such as Sleepwalker CD, L.M.I. III 12″, Far Beyond Nothing CD, L.M.I. IV CD/Cassette, and Excess Subconscious LP. They also shared the stage with renowned names like Full Of Hell, Pentagram, Black Tusk, Today Is The Day, KEN Mode, Rosetta, Portrayal Of Guilt, Endon, and many more.
Vulturepeak is a duo from Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, which also goes under the moniker VLTRPK. Just like L.M.I, this characteristic duo roams on the underground scene for a decade or so. Since its inception, Vulturepeak released tons of brilliant material, such as a debut self-titled CD, Filament Palace CD, Live/Improv cassette, Wrapped In Tar cassette, and a multimedia CD named Snake Body. The group is wrapping up dark, glitchy, avant-garde visual aesthetics that are perfectly going with their characteristic sound. This particular split release carries almost equal shares of both groups. L.M.I. is present with five compositions, while Vulturepeak appears with four numbers. Everything about this material resonates with ultimate power, full controlled chaos, and ferocious performance by both groups. This is more than a detailed cross-check of contemporary post-hardcore music. Quite the contrary, both groups are stacking loads of other complementary elements to highlight an already luxurious sound.
L.M.I. delivers another dosage of blistering post-hardcore, fully stacked with massive stoner and sludge metal guitar shreds. The guitars are surrendering generous amounts of robust riffages, but somehow, they’re still maintaining the balance by including interesting harmonies along the way. The abrasive-sounding bass guitar contributes another dosage of heaviness from beneath by delivering semi-distorted basslines. Nothing would sound compact without an excellent drumming performance that bursts with sheer dynamics. Both vocals are creating havoc through thoughtfully arranged screams and shoutouts, and it seems that L.M.I. founded a perfect formula for their technically demanding music. It’s nearly mindblowing how these guys are maintaining the attention through intelligent arrangements, challenging song structures, heavy guitar tones, and brilliant harmonies.
Vulturepeak commences with nearly the same percentages of aggression, fuzziness, dynamics, but their music spans beyond the limits of post-hardcore. Just like L.M.I, Vulturepeak includes more elements than you’ll usually stumble upon by listening to some regular post-hardcore bands. Their music reveals the building blocks of metalcore, melodic hardcore, neo-crust, noise rock, black metal, firmly layered over the foundations of post-hardcore sound. Vulturepeak leaves the strict rules of these genres at the gate and explores the endless possibilities through depressive black metal melodies, melodic hardcore harmonizations, clever rhythmic segments, and nearly melancholic moments. The depressive, darkened, melancholic ambiance entirely goes in their favor, so combined with the visual aesthetics, Vulturepeak represents more than a real deal.
This outstanding split record will reignite your love for post-hardcore sound but also force you to explore beyond this specific genre. Both L.M.I. and Vulturepeak contributed to this release with exceptional compositions, fully stacked with enormous dosages of relentless dynamics. This release is coming out on February 8th on streaming services, and the vinyl record following later this year. Save the date and keep your eyes peeled at
L.M.I. and Vulturepeak Bandcamp pages for more detailed information about ordering.