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137 : Elusive Travel/137 Split

In many ways this split gives us a pretty standard illustration of how it is done in the core/crust underground. Demo quality sound recording, no label at all, and of course it is pressed as a split 7". Actually the only untypical element is the high amount of melody in the music. That alone sets the bands slightly aside from the others, giving them identities of their own.

Elusive Travel's identity is moody. Aggression as well as slight sadness and contemplation are all expressed at different points in the song. In terms of genres they would probably be called doomcore/crust, although it is quite hard to label them in any exact way. They are avantgarde in some way, but it's difficult to point out excactly where. The band has apparently made some doomy songs before, but there are none to be found here.

The track by 137 has similar crusty tendencies, but pair it with sludgecore. It is also similarly moody. Though the music has a certain doominess, their effort on this release cannot be considered genuine doom metal. This time it seems that they have aimed towards grooving instead. Despite this, the style is much the same as can be heard on their debut demo 'Product Of The Environment'.

Somehow I feel that this split lacks something. Whatever it is, it would be the thing that puts the excitement into the music. It's not tedious, nor is it bad in any way. It just lacks something to make it special. Especially since I know both bands are capable of doing better.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
Elusive Travel:
1. Separation...The Fastest Way To The End

2. In Vain Pt.1 (demo)

Duration : Approx. 10 minutes

Visit the 137 bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-03-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
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