Album Review: Escape Is Not Freedom/​dusK Village -Split (Self Released)

Hailing from Chicago, Escape Is Not Freedom will be releasing a split a self-titled, split cassette with fellow sludge/rock trio dusK Village on February 23, 2018.

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This four track offering (two tracks from each band) opens with the rumbling & mood-altering Boiling Nails. A visceral combo of deep sludgy grunge & trippy vocals. It’s then followed by We’re Wrecked, a song that is quite different from the first offering. Featuring guest vocals from Emily Jancetic, it’s a much more sorrowful & melodic effort but one that delivers on good emotional groove.

Escape Is Not Freedom have set the bar with their two tracks. Both imaginative & impressive.

It’s a tough task for dusK Village to follow but having a much darker sound, they stand out. Two tracks of heavy sludge that has a blackened metal edge, especially within the vocals which have an other-worldly tone to them. Exolife Civilization Leak gets under the skin before A Self Fan’s faster & punkier edge caps off an impressive release.

Admittedly though it is a release that is all about Escape Is Not Freedom though. Their two tracks are what you’ll remember afterwards.

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Escape Is Not Freedom – Escape Is Not Freedom Full Track Listing:

1. Boiling Nails (Escape Is Not Freedom)
2. We’re Wrecked (Escape Is Not Freedom)
3. Exolife Civilization Leak (dusK Village)
4. A Self Fan (dusK Village)

You can order the album now via Bandcamp. Find out more about Escape is not Freedom on Facebook and dusK Village on Facebook.


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