Dead Friends/Brainstorm split tape (self released): I love Dead Friends. This Gainesville 3-piece hooked me with their first 7” and I tracked down everything I could by them up until their breakup in 2011. They started off playing driving blasts of Assfactor 4 influenced intensity with three vocalists. They swapped drummers and became a bit heavier, a bit grungier, but maintained the intensity and interesting song writing. This split is from before the drummer switch.
I don’t know much about Brainstorm, but their side nearly matches the intensity of Dead Friends, but it’s executed much differently. Heavy, building, and pummeling, though still in relatively short bursts. I hesitate to use the phrase screamo, but there are hints of it in there. Either way, it’s good stuff.
My copy of this tape doesn’t have a cover, but has a ton of randomly sized flier inserts and an OBI strip. I’m not sure if that’s typical, but I’ve included a scan of a couple.