SPLIT CRANIUM PREMIERE “INGURGITATED LIQUIDS“, THE SECOND SINGLE FROM THEIR FORTHCOMING ALBUM,
I’M THE DEVIL AND I’M OK, DUE OUT ON MAY 25TH ON IPECAC
Just over a half-decade since their self-titled debut, Split Cranium have resurfaced with the beat grinding, tongue-lashing I’m The Devil and I’m OK full length. Following up the sonic blitzkrieg of their first single “Evil Hands,” the crust/metal/punk collective have shared a video for the vitriolic d-beat scourge “Ingurgitated Liquids.” by Eetu Henttonen.
While six years have elapsed since their debut, Split Cranium have been anything but dormant—they’ve just been sharpening their swords. Combining the talents of guitarist/vocalist Aaron Turner (SUMAC, Old Man Gloom), guitarist Jussi Lehtisalo (of legendary Finnish shape-shifters Circle), Faith Coloccia(keyboards/vocals — Mamiffer, Mara), Nate Newton (bass — Converge, Doomriders), and Tomi Leppänen (drums — Circle, K-X-P), I’m The Devil and I’m OK finds Split Cranium baring both teeth and heart. More vicious than their last album, the group’s second album is visceral and thriving in dissonance.
Unsurprisingly, Split Cranium wastes no time in establishing their modus operandi—just give album opener “Evil Hands” a listen, with its Popol Vuh-inspired keyboards and blazing guitars that turn the Discharge template on its head. The nine tracks thereafter are steered by Lehtisalo’s smoldering riffs and Turner’s hell-raising howls. Anchoring each track with melodic panache is Newton’s lowriding bass, Coloccia’s ethereal keys/vocals, and Leppänen staunch sonic backbone. Injecting melody into the anarcho cornerstones of speed and vitriol, Split Cranium bows their heads to their influences while widening their sonic spectrum across beauty and monstrosity. An unshakeable united front, Split Cranium delivers a canonical revelation off the axis of classic d-beat hardcore with I’m The Devil and I’m OK.
I’m the Devil and I’m OK is due out May 25th via Ipecac Recordings and is available for pre-order here.
I’m the Devil and I’m OK — Track Listing:
1. Evil Hands
2. The Age of Embitterment
3. Wet Shadow
4. Ingurgitated Liquids
5. Whirling Dusk
6. Pain of Innocence
7. Blood Boiler
8. Death Bed – The Yellow Room
9. Heavy Daughter
10. I’m the Devil and I’m OK