AIDS Wolf
Cities of Glass


4.0
excellent

Review

by The Katz brothers USER (183 Reviews)
November 16th, 2008 | 16 replies | 8,256 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: AIDS Wolf, a French Canadian noise quartet, release an album that is violent, dirty, and really good.

Cities of Glass is not a record well-represented by its title. AIDS Wolf, a notoriously naked and noisy quartet from Canada, have not gone and made an album that is clean, shiny or at all like anything that the image of a glass city conjures up. This is a dirty collection of songs. It reeks of noise, stinks of distortion and is full of unbecoming screeches. These are things which every member of AIDS Wolf (one singer, two guitarists, one drummer) bases his/her performance around. Cities of Glass grooves like an animal dying in the middle of the road, and doesn’t let up. After 23 minutes, it falls to the ground in a heap of blood, guts, and fur.

It’s a great album is more or less what I mean. Songs like Tied-Up in Paper are frantic and disturbed, but recall math rock as much as they do hardcore and noise rock. The drums are laid-back and complex and, combined with the abrasiveness of the rest of AIDS Wolf, offer something completely different from punk’s classic simplicity, though AIDS Wolf might consider themselves a punk band at heart. Gnarly Tooth and So Many Plastic Pearls combine a repetitive, fast-paced rhythm section (a la Lightning Bolt) with high-pitched 31G-esque guitar shredding and incoherent mumbles from female lead singer Chloe Lum, and then shuffle everything together into one disorganized mess of noise. Points on Cities of Glass get so chaotic that the music begins to become nothing more than a drone. Instruments are impossible to distinguish from each other, with the exception of Yannick Desranleau’s pounding drums. This isn’t the case on the title track though. The song’s initial lack of low end creates a minimalistic feel until midway through the song, at the “chorus”, where everything pours back in. The thick buzzsaw distortion that makes up for AIDS Wolf’s lack of bass makes every song on Cities of Glass sound massive and thick, a departure from their “break-out” album The Lovvers LP .

AIDS Wolf are definitely indebted to New York’s no wave movement, as well as the current crop of noise bands all over L.A., Brooklyn and Providence, but that is far from bad company to be in. Cities of Glass has very few sub-par moments, and the record goes by so fast that they are almost insignificant. Lum’s lyrics are impossible to discern, sure, but maybe this is for the best. And even if the tracks tend to be a little similar, after 23 minutes I am far from bored. Actually, by the album’s end, I am closer to listening to the entire thing again than I am to being uninterested. With Cities of Glass, AIDS Wolf have created a powerful, driving noise-rock record that is probably the best thing to come out of this scene all year.

-Dan



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The Jungler
November 16th 2008


4827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

first review in a while. it bums me out. i think i'll write some more soon.

ManWomanBoogie
November 16th 2008


185 Comments


where did Joe go?

Ayashi
November 16th 2008


267 Comments


No band is called AIDS Wolf

deadsinkingstory
November 16th 2008


39 Comments


swing and a miss, this band, is infact, called AIDS Wolf

NortherlyNanook
November 16th 2008


1285 Comments


^^^you're not very funny

i think I'm going to listen to this.

deadsinkingstory
November 16th 2008


39 Comments


I'M VERY FUNNY, WAHHH

jimay333
November 17th 2008


433 Comments


And by naked you mean...?

The Jungler
November 17th 2008


4827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

manwoman, joe doesn't really post here much anymore. he didn't go anywhere though. he is in the next room.
northerlynanook, listen to this if you are interested. it's great.
jimay, by naked i mean naked.

Dostoevsky
November 17th 2008


3 Comments


Well, it doesn't get more hipster than naming your band AIDS Wolf.

Avirov
November 18th 2008


1206 Comments


Very good review. I couldn't imagine someone describing this band as well as this.This Message Edited On 03.30.09

Neoteric
November 19th 2008


3243 Comments


Really good band!

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
November 21st 2008


4927 Comments


nice to see you back sir

SnackaryBinx
November 22nd 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm really at a crossroads with listening to this. I can't decide if I want to say it's utter crap or if it's brilliance.

decided that it's fucking awesome.This Message Edited On 11.23.08

xevenbreakx
August 22nd 2010


1 Comments


I bought this album the other day after previewing it at a record store and immediately regretted it. But after the first listen, I'm going back to it and finding some things I actually enjoy. Still kind of on the fence.

The album art is really cool / gross though.

Kman418
September 9th 2014


10451 Comments


im 100% sure that average is terribly wrong and i havent even heard this in full

Digging: AIDS Wolf - Cities of Glass

Kman418
September 13th 2014


10451 Comments


this is the first album thats scared me in like 10 months



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