They’ve already surprised me with their other albums, but don’t stray away from that path. I’m thinking that this is one of their best yet. Playing the first track “Murder Lounge” which is a bizarre treat of The Birthday Party, as I’ve said many times earlier. Kind of their formula mixed with noise rock and a hint of traditional rock. The guttural sounds of the vocalist is not turning you off from listening to it, but the sound-scape in itself is quite a sinister treat for your eardrums as they get perforated by a large barrier of distorted sound. I think there’s a large portion of clouded mystery and there’s a sense of weird milieus. Not really strong on the tempo, but certainly when it comes to infectious behavior. The rhythms is what sway the most, in case the tiring and monotone noise is too much. There’s still a large portion of improvement that can be done to the sound-scape. In the next song “Yr So Boring” they bring a kind of lo-fi punk variation of both sinister vocals and a kind of ridiculous sound-scape at times. It could easily be put off as a no-wave song, since it incorporates a lot of those elements from that specific genre. Also one of their shortest songs on this album, which is both good and bad. I think they have too much room for the ridiculousness that didn’t fit into the chorus.
The chorus itself is very fascinating and employs a kind of song with back-up vocals that sound like the earlier days of oi punk, but without the oi in it. So the third song is up for quite a challenge this time around. It’s titled “Interlude IV” and includes a pretty boring drum-solo and doesn’t really change that much. The interesting thing about it is the riffing, which continually makes you go along with the tempo at hands and ignore the drums in the background. Since it’s only an interlude, there’s not much of a song to talk about. Don’t really know if that interlude was that necessary to be honest, but it’s a good relaxant before walking into another door of noise. The fourth track “Gasoline Smile” really brings a smile to my face, even though I at times can’t hear through the wall of noise. But there’s a sense of walking through a dark alley at night that gets conveyed through this song, there are also large doses of brutality and weirdness prevalent. The riffs are pretty sweet and the vocalist is rasping through with his voice. Like a fork on a whiteboard, it sounds messy and gives away a loud and screechy noise. But I don’t feel like there’s any structure to talk about in this song, unfortunately. Fifth song “Twenty To One” sounds pretty much like drone mixed with noise, just a tad shorter than the normal drone length.
I think they’ve done a great job with the sampling, it makes the sound-scape sound a little bit more scary than it should’ve without it. There is something about it that just conveys the dark feelings you have inside of you, with a hint of sleepiness of course. Pretty much no-wave in this song too, there’s a disorganization that is being used to their own advantage. The last song “Running Thirst” is really one of their best songs on this album, there’s a weird sense of indie rock coming together with some of the noise rock. It feels like it could’ve easily been one of the tracks on a better indie rock album, if it wouldn’t just be that repetitive. But I really dig the melody they’ve put into this song and it feels like you’re a part of something bigger. More of these tracks and less of the noise, but I like noise if it’s executed properly. What can I say, there’s a lot of things to like about this album, but it doesn’t sound as refined as their latest addition to the family. I’m talking about their latest album “Serpent Demon Evil Fuck“. So, yeah, at times a pretty interesting album but not that intriguing.
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