As the little blurb on the cover explains, the From The Ashes/Splitter split 7" is "1o tracks of devastating grindcore brutality!" While this is accurate, was it really necessary to print it on the cover?! Not a sticker, but the actual cover!? I think only 500 were pressed, and I don't think these bands really need such hype to sell their records. Rant over, on to the music... I discovered Splitter on the Lo-Res Viscera blog a while back, and immediately connected. They play intense modern grind like their fellow Swedes, Nasum, and completely shred at it! The four tracks included here are masterful examples of this style, and the fact that they were recorded live in the studio is even more impressive! Under different circumstances, I would be enthused about their fellow countrymen From The Ashes, but Splitter just wins me over big time. FTA play with less dissonance, but still nail their own bitter brand of grind six times over. The recording may be a factor in why these tracks have less of an impact, because the riffs at times are pretty solid. There's just something missing. A good band though, and they certainly round out this "devastating" slab of "brutality."