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Thursday, 19 November 2015

COMRADE KILKIN

GenresPunk / Hardcore / Post-Hardcore / Post-Metal / Doom / Crust / Sludge
Related artists?.
CountryDetroit, Michigan USA
Years Active2005?
Song: "The Dirty Shirt Party"
Album: "Omission split"
Year: 2005
For fans ofMajority Rule, Examination Of The..., Neurosis, Isis, Tigershark, Circle Takes The Square, Fear Before, Llynch, Locktender, Arbogast, Spires, The Power And The Glory and Fordirelifesake.
Label(s): Rock-Love Rekkids
This post's artist is from the November 2015 Mix. This is track #4.
You can download: the November Mix#11 right here or get the new December 2015 Mix#12 here.

I'll preface this by saying that this is a "meh" post. I've listed some really great bands in the "for fans of" section and you should know that COMRADE KILKIN pales in comparison to them all, but that doesn't mean this isn't worth a gander, especially if you dig those bands. I've only ever found one split by the band, and that is the 'Omission split' cd. If I were to take LastFM as gospel then the band has at least one more release because there's a fair amount of songs listed there. I did stumble across one youtube video for a song titled "King Fool's Golden Heart" which you can jam here. Alas, this split is really all I got. First, let's take a trip in my time machine because holy shit, I just found this review I wrote on Interpunk written back in 2007:
"Omission would have made me jizz in my pants about 7 years ago. They have a very Strung Out punk/metal style that works well for them, but I have since (5 years ago) moved on. As for Comrade Kilkin, that was why I bought the cd - because I had heard it was Isis-esque. It is ... and isn't. But mostly isn't. Mediocre stoner doom metal with some punk elements, as I think their instrumentals are great but the vocals could use some work. Anyways, an ok split at best. Nice artwork though!"

Let's try that again. So, the three songs. COMRADE KILKIN's side starts with "The Dirty Shirt Party" begins with a very pleasing intro reminiscent of Llynch before delving into the screamy post-hardcore that isn't far off from Majority Rule. The ending of the songs lurches into late Examination Of The... territory with sprawling post-hardcore/post-metal undoubtedly influenced by Neurosis. "All Cretes are Liars" is a much more punk oriented affair with the first half sound like an Arbogast/Strung Out hybrid and the second half exploding like fireworks following a brief but engaging atmospheric/proggy interlude. The closer "A Fly in Marmalade" ties the first two songs together with heavier post-metal leanings and cool prog-rock midsection. The bass is quite prominent here and gives the song a thicker feel. As is my beef with most of the first two songs, the vocals are okay but quite bland. If the singer varied his screaming approach (especially in the higher register) this release might be a completely different story.

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DISCOGRAPHY

2005 - Omission split cd/12"EP (download here)

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(2005) COMRADE KILKIN - "The Dirty Shirt Party" (from 'Omission' split)

(2005) COMRADE KILKIN - "All Cretes are Liars" (from 'Omission' split)

(200?) COMRADE KILKIN - "King Fool's Golden Heart" (from unknown)
embed won't work, click this link to watch on youtube

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COMRADE KILKIN / Omission split download / additional links

(download here)

LastFM
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