GENRE: Grindcore
COUNTRY: Hungary / France
LABEL: Kasamata Records
YEAR: 2010

RATING: 6/10

The Brazilian label Kasamata Records issued the Jack / Yattaï split CD not too long ago. I've not heard of either the bands or the label before so I did a bit of browsing on the web. Jack is a Hungarian five-piece. The band has put out various EP's, split CD's and other items. The music is straight forward grindcore and it's not different from so much else that is issued.

The band is to some degree inspired by Terrorizer, and that of course isn't a bad thing. As I wrote above, the song-writing is conventional, but the music is diverse enough not to bore. The riffs are crisp and many of the parts catchy. Moreover the music has a crunchy production. The fat sound is something that profits the music. Although there's nothing in the music to set Jack apart from so much else in the genre the five-piece is able to write some good music.

Just like Jack the French five-piece Yattaï has put out various split CD's and EP's. Yattaï goes for a more punk, hardcore type of grindcore. A lot of this is obvious thanks to the flat and somewhat noisy production. It doesn't profit the music much. I think a fatter production could have made a difference for the better. Also the vocals are more of the shouting type. These do get a bit annoying in the long run.

Yattaï is just like Jack good at varying the music, but I do miss a little of that crunchy vibe Jack has. This split CD is a standard effort from start to finish. That of course doesn't make it bad, but don't expect too much.

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