Often when you get your filthy hands upon a split release, you never quite know how far apart the split world lay. Specially in cases such as this when itís first contact to the bands at hand.
Both FluiD and John 3:16 could be said to represent a sort of abstract industrial music and while they share similarities in sound, their souls are worlds apart.
FluiD comes along packed with a vicious Hip-Hop vibe though the sound is harsh and raw. I donít feel way out of line when saying it reminds me of the background of industrial hip-hop duo Dšlek without vocals.
Over the span of this split FluiD showcases different elements, but the vibe is always there as well as the sound.
The material is both strong and innovative, but seems to lack all the killer hooks to catch you. Maybe the addition of lyrics could help here, as Iíve always felt that instrumental music is a though one to crack. Or maybe the music is made for clubbing?
The sampled speech parts do help to catch the flow of the music, but there could be more in quantity and versitility, or plain fullscale vocals.
8- / 10
While John 3:16 in theory goes down the same path as FluiD, he still manages to show more versitility than his contemporary. It feels that FluiDs ground lies in the middle of the spectre and John 3:16 handles both the rawer and the softer extremes.
The music of John 3:16 is brought forth with a Rock attitude and aggression, but where needed also a more subtle touch is given.
In other words: No Hip-Hop vibes here!
The base of the music is in a strong industrial rhythm which punishes and pushes you forward in a soundscape that spells out danger. Even the mellow parts feel slightly hostile, which is nice.
8 / 10
There isnít much left to say in order to summarize this review nor my thoughts.
The bands complete each other perfectly and put together a whole. Hopefully the future will bring fort some full-scale collaboration between these artists.