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'Split Second Extinction'
(Goatprayer Records)

Jools Green

jools green

human cull split second extinction

'Split Second Extinction' is the first full length by south west of England grindcore trio Human Cull. The band, consisting of Edd on vocals/guitars, Sam on drums/vocals, Morris on bass, have previously released an EP in 2011.

It's extreme, a short sharp shock, but I love it. The shortest track, 'Landfill Messiah' is seventeen seconds and the longest, 'Resentment', clocks in at just over the two minute mark. In classic grindcore style the whole album is just eight minutes in total, so set the CD player on repeat and enjoy the ride.

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In all seriousness, this album requires several repeat listens and at this length you can do that easily without becoming tired of it. In fact it's a necessity so that you can really appreciate the album. This is such an intense eight minutes you can't possibly take it all in just listening to it once. The band have compacted more into this than many bands will in something four times as long.

There is no denying the talent of these guys. This could, if done badly, have been just a horrible noise, but it is not, it's sharp and precise and in some respects reminds me a little of early Napalm Death. They get in, get the job done and get out again, no messing.

Opening with 'The Mechanics Of Genocide' then swiftly into 'Death Rituals' without giving you a chance to catch a breath, amidst a sea of dirty, high speed riffs, pummelling drums and rasping vocals. 'Oblivion Sleepwalkers' is longer, slower, by grind standards and with an underlying groove.

I liked '30 Days Of Ketamine'. At the one minute mark, it was long enough for me to really get into that feeling of desperation and I loved how it slowed and tailed off towards the end.

'Landfill Messiah' is the shortest track and seventeen seconds of Doom Grind, I never knew it was possible.

'Misinformed' is catchy as, at forty five seconds and the final track, 'Resentment', is two minutes of doomy, sludgy chunks of sound, alternating with a dirty repeat riff and brings this eight minute aural assault to a close.

The album artwork is like an explosion in an Escher painting which is pretty fitting as some kind of insane explosion is the listening experience you will get from this album.

Not everyone will like such a compact intensity of sound but if you like your music extreme and you love old school grind but with a modern twist, you will love it.

'Split Second Extinction' is available now from GoatprayerRecords at




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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