Texas’ Blk Ops (ex-Kill The Client) and California’s Cave Bastard (ex-Cattle Decapitation) are now streaming the damaging split LP through Decibel Magazine. The record boasts a dominating pairing of extreme acts, unloading a barrage of purely devastating grinding, explosive and experimental mayhem, with four tracks from each band, completed with cover art by Varises Otak.
Decibel Magazine issues, “The split LP from Blk Ops and Cave Bastard is eight tracks of extreme mayhem. Combining grindcore, traces of death metal, noise and other extreme ingredients they could find, the split sees both bands playing high-speed brutalizers in addition to slower, almost doomed-out tracks.”
Blk Ops formed from the magma of the Austin, Texas metal scene in late 2015, comprised of Champ Morgan (ex-Kill The Client) on vocals, noise, and theremin, Mark Key on guitars and backing vocals, and Neil Barrett on drums, samples, and live visuals. Forging a path to a terrifying new sonic landscape drawing from noise metal, doom, grind, and otherworldly audiovisual hallucinations, the trio has already shared bills with the likes of High on Fire, Full Of Hell, The Body, Cattle Decapitation, Infest, Sumac, Yautja, and Magrudergrind. Blk Ops’ side of the record was recorded and mixed by Travis Bonner (Venomous Maximus, Ancient VVisdom).
From beneath the slabs of the subterranean suburbs of San Diego emerges society’s scum: Cave Bastard. Heavy, apocalyptic, and loud, the band was formed in 2014 by Troy Oftedal (ex-Cattle Decapitation, Piglife) and Nick Padron (ex-Bridge Jumper) out of a love for everything heavy and loud. They proceeded to search out the rest of the bastards needed to execute their vision of sonic devastation, soon adding rhythm guitarist Chase Ferguson (ex-Bridge Jumper), vocalist Steve Pearce (Gutrot, Ritual Torture), and drummer Steven Reed (Age Of Collapse). The band began writing and honing their tone creating a massively destructive soundscape in preparation for the coming of The Bastard. Cave Bastard’s side of the split was recorded in San Diego at Audio Design, engineered and mixed by Billy Anderson and assistant engineer Jordan Andreen, produced by the band and Billy Anderson, and mastered at Trakworx by Justin Weiss.