Friday 5: Bananas Splits??


Happy Friday, MetalSucks reader! Welcome to MetalSucks Friday 5, our awesome series that appears every Friday (duh) on MetalSucks (duhh) and involves the quantity of five (duhhh).

Here’s how it works: A list of best/worst/weirdest/whatever five somethings is posted by one of your beloved MetalSucks contributors or by one of our buds (like you!). Then you, our cherished reader, checks it out, has a chuckle, then chimes in with a list of the same. No sweat, just whatever springs to mind, k? (Just like that movie about those losers working at a Chicago record store!) After all, it’s Friday — the day dedicated by the gods to mindless, fun time-wasting. 

Here we go!



A “split” release can make great art and good business. Let’s rush five of them into production.


Anso DF, MetalSucks Senior Editor


Image: Alex York
Image: Alex York

(Loma Vista)

A low-flying bit of news this week: A very exciting split EP is coming in May. It’s exciting because each of its acts are, and because their combination makes chocolate/peanut butter look like dickbite/herpes. Side A is four jams by Blut Aus Nord, side B is one by fucking Aevangelist whose album from last year is chaos, I worship it. And the split gets extra rad if you agree that it kinda represents one revered band vouching for a sleeper. On that note, imagine if the hottest band in metal released a split with an awesome band they want to “present” to their fans.




Not an experiment or a prank, this split would be an iconic band covering a song by its ugly twin (“Peace Sells”) and vice versa (“Eye Of The Beholder”). Of course Metallica gets side A.


blood command dear apollo copy

Blood Command/Dear Apollo
(Metal Blade)

For an established band, an EP can be a great way to fill a long absence between albums. For an emerging act, a novel little split’s ability to (re)capture attention is more than a convenience. It may be a necessity, what with the rigors of daily life and the constraints of finance. Why not pool resources and fans?


neige et noirceur cantique lepreux, neige eternelle, CHTHE'ILIST copy

Neige Et Noirceur/Cantique Lepreux/Neige Eternelle/Chthe’ilist
(Profound Lore)

Remember that double 7″ featuring four awesome Quebecois black metal acts? Came out in March 2014 via Sepulchral? Yeah, that was awesome. That should happen again!



Behemoth/Myrkur (live)

Record Store Day caters to dudes who are into collectables: The same product in a fancy package. But it must be financially sound to dump out unheard stuff too. Like, a few live tracks from a pair of tour mates performed live at their final stop. Say, Behemoth and Myrkur respectively “Inner Sanctum” (feat Amalie Bruun) and “Den Lille Piges Dod” (feat Nergal). Or the opposite. It requires almost as little financial commitment as deluxe reissues, and represents more than new make-up on two pretty faces.


Your turn! Have a great wknd!

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