Split cds are weird things. It does not make much sense to me to split a medium that does not have an A and B side to begin with. Maybe that’s just me being conservative here, who knows. Then again, Eniac recently told us at their farewell show that nobody’s buying their split cd with Experimental Dental School. No wonder, I think to myself, hardly anybody with a sense of taste decent and sophisticated enough to enjoy those two bands would lightheartedly commit themselves to the purchase of a split cd.
That’s just how things are.
May The Force Be With You’s homepage url reads “www.discometal.de”, and this, on the other hand, does indeed make a whole lot of sense in a whole variety of ways. Some of them are unfortunately closing in on the embarrassing more than necessary – considering the fact that musically, well, your band sucks indeed and there’s no need to rub it under people’s noses, right? Oh well. It just shows once more that idiocy and irony are best kept separate. Hell, even Manowar are actually not being ironic on purpose. I guess this is a metal thing May The Force Be With You just don’t understand. This also shows in their ironic adoption of the Iron Maiden font for their logo while claiming to be playing “modern hardcore” akin to Unearth, Coheed And Cambria and Death By Stereo. 56 seconds into the first song I decided to agree and press the stop-button. The number of things you’d rather do than listen to something like that borders on the infinite.
May The Force Be With You are not metal, they are not hardcore, and in fact they are not so much an actual band as much as they are a caricature. If they wouldn’t exist, someone would have to make them up. Herein lies their only relevance, one that is not to be underestimated, though – they are a frighteningly exact example of the current state of affairs in general.
Jason do Brasil, then, are a trip down Memory Lane – whether it’s a pleasant or horrible one depends on your personal associations evoked by their nice and solid funky crossover HC. They sound pretty much like all those bands you could watch on MTV back in the days when MTV was, you know, like, uh huh, cool. Anyone in for a revival? I should mention, though, that Jason do kick May The Force Be With You’s arses like some mad tough guy Darth Vader any day.
This split cd does make justice to the name of the label indeed. Consider that no recommendation.