To be honest I didn't know what to expect from a band named Jack as it doesn't suggest much, but since Step On It either brings my thoughts to thrash or NYHC I guessed both bands on here would fall under either of those categories. I guess I was half right at the same time as I was twice right - you see, these two bands both land somewhere in between both those two genres. At least some times.
Jack, who just as Step On It are from Hungary, starts off with ten tracks of fast thrash that at times are on the verge of turning into grindcore. There aren't really that many heavy breakdowns, only a few, but I still get the feeling that these guys do use some NYHC records as influences as well. Perhaps not actively, but they can be found in the home of the songwriters, along loads more of thrash and grind albums. This is not too bad although I'm not going to praise it too much either. It seems as I write similar sentences as that last one in many reviews now a days, am I getting pickier or do I simply get a lot of "ok, not more" records to review?.
Over to Step On It. Will they make it or will they also turn out to be an "just ok" band? Well, besides the shifting of sound and slightly different vocals it's hard to notice that there's been a change of bands. The first times I listened to this CD I never really could tell what band I was listening to since due to a few moments of not paying attention and I missed the change. But I've learned to hear the difference now. Besides the already mentioned differences Step On It do have a few more of those mosh-breakdowns thrown in where Jack instead would go for blast beats. Step On It are still going at it at breakneck speeds but are keeping it more straight up thrash and are because of this also the better of the two in my opinion.
Step On It raises the grade of this split and is a band I would like to hear more from while Jack probably won't catch my attention again. Kinda weird now that I think about it since they aren't that much different, but that's still my feeling when comparing the two. [Krogh, July 2006]