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Sub-half hour playtime and bodily conceptual aspect assist with the easing-in process of an album that is predominantly industrial thuds, noise and inhuman screaming; and a puke-choke interlude for good measure. Though listenability is limited, it's authentically disturbing and admittedly gripping. Female vocals are a nice plus too.
Roads to Judah
...For the Whole World to See
Proto-punk mini-album unearthed from a time capsule 35 years after the fact - a little gimmicky, but undeniably intriguing - and this delivers surprisingly well. The production is wonderfully 70's, it's fun and straight outta the garage, and though their punk-foreshadowing is impressive, its the unique blending of that with timely psychedelic hard rock that makes this shine.
They know how to work a simplistic riff and an effective hook, punchy hard rock comes as naturally as mini-miracle pop rock, and they deliver consistent and straightforward songs without rocking the boat or sounding too flashy - and despite the gag-worthy new age hippie lyrics, I like to think that they're at least a little tongue-in-cheek.
Groundbreaking this ain't, clear direction it ain't got, but when it's this fun and layered, does it need to be? Oozes refinement, detail, and general electronic technical wizardry, but also manages to be unrelentingly can't-sit-still groovy. There are changeups and tricks around every corner that never interfere or sound out of place. A proper showcase in squishy synths, jazzy blip breakdowns, twitchy drums, and misterioso voices.
Embracing Cali-aesthetic a la No Age and Wavves. Not the most distinct sound in the world in 2010, but a nice fuzzy mix of catchy and fast and hazy and slow, some screeching feedback, buried female vox, comfort with wallowing in more feedback.
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