Copenhagen's LLNN created "a bleak soundtrack to a cinematic, post-apolocalyptic landscape," according to Terrorizer in reference to their stunning debut Loss. The massively heavy, tightly-woven, sonic fabric that these four young Danes manufacture has been critically acclaimed throughout Europe. The Marks material which forms their part of this split album was written (and partially self-released) before Loss – but the first scrunching riff of opening track "The Guardian," trudging along the simple and relentless drums until Christian Bonnesen's truculent vocals take the song to the next level of blackened intensity, make it 100% clear that this material is in no way any less mature than their debut. Much like on Loss, the wavering drone synths that are effortlessly merged with a raw hardcore-driven darkness define the subtle idiosycratic nuances of LLNN‘s very unsubtle, painfully overwhelming sound.
"Wovoka's musical volleys are both panoramically expansive and crushingly claustrophobic," LA Weekly wrote. Emerging from a near two-year slumber since debut album Saros saw the light of day, Wovoka contribute one single 18-minute opus to the split, continuing right where LLNN has left off. With compositions of truly epic proportions, which transcend the cliches of heavy music, the band has scorched their position in the Los Angeles underground as one of the most volatile, unrelenting acts in the area. Wovoka understand that true heaviness lies in reduction – reduction of tempo, reduction of a musical idea to its core, to its bleak essence. Lyrically, "Traces" is transgressing the nature of grief that comes from loss, in a fierce representation of the sheer emotional weight of fear, and the finality of greeting the end of one's mortal coil.
Belgian artist Ammo was commissioned to create the stunning artwork, which perfectly reflects the music found herein. The vinyl version comes complete with a hand-numbered five-color screen-print.