Turn Around Norman / The Minus Tide – Split – New LP
West Virginia split. Free digital version:
"Mountain is pleased to announce the release of a split LP between two of West Virginia’s finest hardcore outfits: Turn Around Norman and The Minus Tide. The LP features two sets of blistering emotive hardcore punk, beautiful color covers, and a full-size insert. Both bands have caused a stir with earlier releases but take it up a notch here.The Minus Tide are a metal-tinged sextet (double guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards) from Wheeling who’ve been compared to everything from Converge to Iron Maiden. Morgantown’s Turn Around Norman lay down a melodic assault that has drawn them many comparisons to both the mid-90s Gravity sound and current bands such as Orchid or Yaphet Kotto. Dual (male/female) vocals are screamed and sung with an intensity equal to the driving music. We’re happy to have the chance to bring more West Virginian insanity into to the world."
Turn Around Norman: Moves from instrumental guitar indie rock to punk and hardcore, Lori on vocals sounding reflective at first but then launching into hardcore snarl.
Minus Tide: "mathcore / screamo band from Wheeling in West Virginia. In a scene increasingly populated by hackneyed metalcore acts, Wheeling WV's The Minus Tide has conjured a unique brand of screamy metallic rock with an explosive feel of technological apocalypticism. The music blends the melodicism of traditional heavy metal with the rhythmic and technical proficiency of modern metal, spawning comparisons to everyone from Converge to Iron Maiden. In addition to the dual-guitar attack, The Minus Tide's songs are given voice by the addition of otherworldly synths which sound like something out of a 16-bit video game. The songs are nightmarish visions of technological advancement -- in this timeline and others -- where minds meld with machines and genetic manipulation has become a terrifying art form, tales that with each release have deepened in their horrific portrayals and perhaps their prophetic significance as well. Certainly a welcome break from the usual ultra-macho, blood-and-skulls routine typically associated with this genre. A year later, the band released twin split vinyl follow-up releases: a 12" LP split with Morgantown, WV's Turn Around Norman on the consistently trustworthy Mountain Records. The band's fourth release and debut full-length, Anakuklosis, was widely hailed as a masterpiece, revealing a band maturing in technical ability, exploring more creative songwriting techniques, and expressing deeper and darker visions of their mechanical space-horror theme."