Rapeman
Two Nuns and a Pack Mule


3.5
great

Review

by Chris Jackson USER (177 Reviews)
January 18th, 2008 | 23 replies | 11,223 views


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is a great punk album

Producing landmark alternative rock albums such as Nirvana’s In Utero and the Pixies Surfer Rosa Steve Albini is more well known for his signature production style then his guitar playing. Nevertheless Albini is also a well respected guitarist, most notable for being the lead singer/songwriter of Big Black. When with Big Black Albini wrote the majority of the material on the bands biggest underground noise-punk album, Songs About ***ing. Creating one of the most gruesome and violent albums of the late 80's Big Black shockingly broke up shortly after the release. After disbanding Big Black Steve Albini met up with David Sims and Rey Washam (the bassist and drummer of Scratch Acid) to form Rapeman.

Unlike Big Black, Rapeman use Rey Washam as their drummer instead of a drum machine. Washam’s quick-paced, heavy drumming gives the music a much more sludgy and sloppy sound. Whereas Big Black would create harsh walls of noise surrounding the listener with droney sounds Rapeman have a much more riff-oriented and punk-esque quality to their music. Boasting raw, serrated guitars matched with thunderous drumming Two Nuns, and A Pack Mule is one abrasive ride. Being a typical Albini recording the vocals are mixed in extremely low making it difficult to understand a word that Steve is yelping. As a result the overall sound of the album is chaotic and muddy; because the drums are so loud in the mix Rapeman have a rather heavy sound. Tracks such as “Up Beat”and “Radar Love Lizard” demonstrate this perfectly as they focus on pulsating drum beats matched with Albini’s snarly voice and jagged guitar riffs.

One aspect that really benefits the album is the way the vocals are mixed in with the instruments. Steve’s voice is added so low in the mix that they are nearly impossible to decipher. This benefits the record because the lyrical content is mortally offensive; right out of the gate Albini is already barking lines such as"[i]Why don't you stuff it, man/You plant-eating pussy![i]". This kind of offensive lyrical content is present throughout the forty minutes of Two Nuns and A Pack Mule adding an even more unsettling vibe to the music.

In contrast to Big Black’s more stagnant and industrial sound Rapeman are just a trio of guys playing punk rock music at its dirtiest, grimiest, and nastiest form. Two Nuns and A Pack Mule certainly isn’t the most unique effort that Steve Albini has been involved in but it really brings the chaos. After listening to forty minutes of this adrenaline pumping rock fest I feel as if I could beat the *** out of Mike Tyson.



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Neoteric
January 19th 2008



3243 Comments


shit yeah

LaidToRest329
January 19th 2008



158 Comments


this sounds quite cool

rasputin
January 19th 2008



14516 Comments


What's with all the bloody Pokemon avatars

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
January 19th 2008



15727 Comments


Cuz Pokemon>>>>>>>>>>you?

Digging: A Sunny Day In Glasgow - Sea When Absent

rasputin
January 19th 2008



14516 Comments


Quite possibly.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
January 19th 2008



15727 Comments


And Opeth. obv.

rasputin
January 19th 2008



14516 Comments


Can't forget Akerfeldt and his balmy band of brigands.

MrKite
January 19th 2008



5020 Comments


What's with all the irrelevant comments?
I need to hear some Rapeman. I've heard at least two songs from this album and I'm thinking I dl this 'un.

YDload
January 19th 2008



1207 Comments


This is the only album they have (it's usually combined with the Budd EP so you get all their songs at once).

I like this album, it's so brutal. But you've probably made the common mistake of mixing up the tracks Marmoset and Radar Love Lizard. I know they're usually listed one way but it's pretty obvious that Marmoset is the one that goes "Little marmoset" and RLL's first lyric is "I'm a little lizard trapped in a man's skin."

The reason I stress the difference is because RLL is the album's best track, and I wanted you to know which one I'm talking about. It has the most concussive drum sound of any song I've ever heard.

Poet
January 19th 2008



5920 Comments


I am only commenting because of the WTF type of name Rapeman is.

YDload
January 20th 2008



1207 Comments


that is the wrong reason to comment. you should at least be interested in the album (which judging from your Digging list you definitely arent). but if you gotta know, Rapeman is some japanese comic book character that rapes people, and it was chosen as a band name because its so damn offensive.

Zebra
Moderator
January 20th 2008



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

[quote=YDload]But you've probably made the common mistake of mixing up the tracks Marmoset and Radar Love Lizard.[/quote] No, that's why I said "pulsating drums" because like you pointed out, the drums on that song are awesome.
Have you heard Songs About Fucking yet?

Aficionado
January 20th 2008



1027 Comments


ah Rapeman
I'm gonna download Songs About Fucking really soon

YDload
January 21st 2008



1207 Comments


[quote=Zebra] No, that's why I said "pulsating drums" because like you pointed out, the drums on that song are awesome.[/quote]

Ah okay, it's just that Marmoset has pretty awesome drums too and it sounds similar to Up Beat which you also mentioned.


Have you heard Songs About ****ing yet?


Yeah but I actually like Rapeman better, I think. I don't know why, maybe Atomizer is better?

dub sean
January 21st 2008



980 Comments


I love your summary: This is a great punk album.

Right to the point.

samariah
March 26th 2008



109 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i really enjoy this

a lot

Meatplow
October 31st 2009



5524 Comments


Awesome follow up to Big Black.

Rapeman!

Meatplow
November 12th 2009



5524 Comments


Yeah, I like this the more I listen to it.

fukrym
May 1st 2011



1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Best fucking shit ever

stompo
May 1st 2011



1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

my father is a bottle



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