The Parasitic Twins pedal sludge: a genre that combines the unlikely bedfellows of hardcore punk and doom metal. It’s slow, low end riffing and aggressive screamed vocals really inject intensity into two genres that were intense enough to begin with. The Parasitic Rejects EP is a split with The Carnival Rejects, who offer a classic take on melodic hardcore punk.
The three tracks on offer from The Parasitic Twins are all under three minutes and offer a relatively brief listening experience. Due to their length there’s very little in terms of song structure experimentation, but due to that brevity there doesn’t really need to be. Thankfully, the riffing on display easily carries the songs, it’s low end and groovy, eliciting a satisfying head bob. Each track has its own flavour of riff, and the drums underline the feel with a satisfying stomp. Sadly, there’s very little in terms of memorable hooks, or stand out features of any particular track- other than the hooky Spaceman. It rather limits the staying power of the EP, but Spaceman will occasionally pop into your head days after last hearing it.
The Carnival Rejects tracks hurtle by even more briefly than the sludgy tracks. Each track rattles along with pace, occasionally slowing to underscore vocals with just bass and drums. Their last track, To The Bone, leans harder on the grittier end of hardcore, coming close to thrash at times. Sadly, though it’s all rather unremarkable, quite generic hardcore that doesn’t really stick around in the brain for a long time. There’s nothing here to set The Carnival Rejects apart from many bands that have gone before and have done it better.
Overall, this split is a mixed bag. The Parasitic Twins feel like they have potential to work on their formula and experiment more with song structure, while currently having a solid base to build on here. The Carnival Rejects feel like they’re stuck in nostalgia for 80s NYHC and as such aren’t pushing themselves to make something that stands up as their own. Hopefully, both bands will iterate on their formulas in future and continue to improve because there’s always room for more great bands.
The Parasitic Rejects EP is out May 29th.
The Parasitic Twins can be found here:
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