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13 : Grief/13 Split

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I find a lot of people on the net who claim that this split was released in 1999 but the '99 edition is in fact a re-release by a collaboration of three labels: Gametwo, Riotous Assembly and Menace To Sobriety. I am unsure whether or not 13's second track, 'Plague', was on the original release as I only have the re-release, but some sources suggest that it isn't. The split was re-re-released again by Parasitic Records in 2005, making sure that newcomers to the genre will still be able to enjoy this classic.

This early 13 release is far more thrash influenced than their later ones. This doesn't in any way mean that this is not a sludge/doom release. Just expect more thrash riffing than usual. Other than that you can still expect to hear Alicia Morgan sodomizing her own throat until she bleeds, making sure that the vocals of Eric Harrison, the Grief vocalist, grows pale in comparison. No one spits venom like these girls do.

After reading my praises to 13 you must be thinking that I didn't enjoy Grief's half of the split. On the contrary this is one of the best Grief tracks ever. Slow, sick, raw, tortured and unforgiving in the way that one would expect from them. In fact I think it's a surprise that all the bandmembers are still alive today as self-hate isn't exactly an element they have too little of.

This is the only 13 release that I would expect anyone to find nowadays. It's definately the least rare of them all, and because of the recent re-release, it's actually not hard to get hold of. If you want one of the older releases then you might have to look harder, though. For those who just want the Grief song; it was re-released on 'Turbulent Times', a compilation of their rare tracks. Sadly it doesn't seem that there will ever be a compilation that will make 13s tracks generally available, but we can always hope.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Falling Apart

2. Wither
3. Plague

Duration : Approx. 15 minutes

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Reviewed on 09-06-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
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