While this split was originally released as a tape, some of the copies got messed up in the dubbing process which resulted in them having a muddy and plain horrible sound. I was one of the unfortunate ones to get one of those bad-quality tapes, hence I'm reviewing this split by listening to the master wav-files. "Jumalan Huumorintaju" should become available for download in the near future.
Larva sounds a bit different this time. The one-man band still executes grinding noisecore, but the soundscape's taken a turn for sharper and more electronic distortion when compared with the two earlier split-releases I've heard. What seems like a bass guitar has a vast amount of distortion coating its plump shredding, and so do the raw, shouted vocals. Another thing that's changed is that the actual noise-grind is less present, whereas pure, sharp noise with some digital synths, manipulated vocals and abundant samples have taken its place. Overall this ten-minuter is just something I wouldn't have expected from Larva; the samples aren't really that funny, and the noise isn't overwhelmingly fast but moreso repetitive and weird. I can't deny being disappointed, but perhaps I'd be more into this piece of raw noise if I didn't know it was by Larva. Not bad, but not excellent either. The band's just made way better (un)music in the past.
The nearly six minutes of blasting by "EYE" is to follow. Simple and programmed cybergrind-drums are accompanied by gurgling screams and shouts, and the whole thing's coated in noisy distortion that at least seems digital. No guitar nor bass is present, just drums and vocals. While this mix works for a while, it also makes it seem like something's missing. The distortion is too sharp to sound natural, which also makes it feel like the band relied too much on sharpened loudness instead of actual potency of doing damage. It's a short and fun piece, but again, nothing especially noteworthy.
Next up is Bagheads with nearly three minutes of actual noisecore with gruff grunts as vocals. Short chaotic bursts follow each other while the guitar feedback keeps silence from entering the mix, and the bassy and rumbling chaos with an appearance from a flute (no kidding) is just a pleasure to the ears. It's a shame that Bagheads' part is so short!
On the tape's B-side we have 26 minutes of acoustic death metal by "Blinded by the Whispering Eye of a Harlot." Just one cruddily recorded and hissing acoustic guitar takes care of the songs' music, with some amateurish growls serving as vocals in the songs' faster parts. While I'm all for the idea of making acoustic metal (for example, Ajattara's "Noitumaa" is a great album), this kind of minimalistic and cheap-sounding attempt at it has no capabilities of humouring me for long. With a little better or otherwise more original soundscape and overall more attempt from the artist this might be good, but 26 minutes of this kind of bedroom jamming isn't an enjoyable experience. More boldness, experimentation and focused attempt is needed.
Overall I'd recommend you to check out some other works by the featured bands rather than buying this tape. You might want to download it when it becomes available if you're into DIY-noise, but other than that, only Bagheads is worth one's time and attention on this particular split.