Split LP’s can be kind of cool sometimes since, as you usually haven’t heard at least one of the bands, there is an element of surprise. In this instance I had never heard of either Alaric or Atriarch prior to listening to Split LP, so I had no idea what to expect. Judging from the album cover alone I thought I was going to be listening to a couple of death metal bands. Both group’s bios also seemed to suggest they were on the heavier end of things. Surprisingly though, this is not the case. Both Alaric and Atriarch, while a bit on the crunchy side, sound more like The Cure with some heavier rock overtones. Not that this is a problem as I personally love The Cure, it just wasn’t what I was expecting.