This is a review of a split ep between Los Angeles, California's -(16)- and Cleveland, Ohio's Fistula which was released by PATAC Records and we will start off the review with -(16)- a band that plays plays sludge metal and their cover of Killing Joke's "Complications".
Their side of the split starts out with a very hard and heavy sound along with all of the musical instruments sounding very powerful while the vocals are both aggressive and melodic at the same time while also adding in a more sludge metal approach in their version and mostly sticks to a mid tempo direction, the production sound s very professional while the lyrics cover dark themes.
In my opinion this is a very decent cover tune by -(16)- and if you are a fan of sludge metal or Killing Joke, you should enjoy this track.
Next up is Fistula with their cover of Devo's "Mongoloid".
Their side of the split starts out with a powerful sounding bass guitar before adding in heavy riffs and new wave style synths while the vocals are mostly sludge style screams as well as the music being a lot more heavier than than original version and melodic guitar leads are also used briefly, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover philosophical themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding track from Fistula and if you are a fan of sludge metal, you should enjoy their side of the split.
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of sludge metal. 8 out of 10.