Catfight On A Hotdog
Men Of The Cloth EP


3.5
great

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
April 23rd, 2009 | 63 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A conceptual EP that flies true and hits its target.

The way that Men of the Cloth’s concept is essential to its composition can be seen in the actual structure of its samples; the short introductory track ‘The Arrow Leaves the Bow’ has a waveform that is actually in the shape of an arrow, and thus gives the album that tiny bit of authenticity that tops off a remarkably well executed story.

The three tracks of the short EP follow the assassination of a priest, from the moment the arrow leaves its bow to the moment the priest hits the ground, and the few moments in between are slowed down to a crawling pace, in which experimental/avant-garde project Catfight on a Hotdog articulate the event through the use and layering of various samples. The brunt of the EP’s musical force rests on the middle track, ‘The Arrow Reaches Its Target’, a thirteen minute piece which is structured around the conceptual arrow’s impact and the priest’s subsequent death.

One unique aspect pertaining to this brand of experimental music is that Catfight on a Hotdog make a point of completely altering the sound files they use, as well as incorporating originally recorded pieces that add a much welcomed personal touch to the music; the first few minutes of ‘The Arrow Reaches Its Target’ is an entirely organic soundscape, the gentle sounds of the waves rolling onto the shore being recorded simply for the particular purpose of adding to the EP’s concept.

Following this almost meditative calm, the track weaves in and out of ethereal moods, the process of time being slowed encapsulated by a scratching sound which persists throughout the song’s build up of noise. Although being a very imaginable notion, the whole idea of slowing down time and then expressing it purely through a believable expression of sampled music is one of the strengths that Men of the Cloth has; the way that it almost feels like a bubble has enveloped the images in your mind, where every movement is viewed in slow motion, leaves little to be desired in regards to the album’s structure and its method of driving the concept.

The highlight of the EP comes in the third and final track ‘The Number Thirteen Looks Skywards’; conceptually it represents the chaotic moments after the assassination, where those around this particular priest react to what has happened. A slow and somewhat mournful piano melody plays over the ensuing madness of noise, eventually fading and leaving naught but frenzied sound.

To be blunt, Men of the Cloth won’t wow you with highly technical mixing or musical execution; it’s a purely artistic experience, and its story gives it far more appeal than it would have had as simply a mixture of samples. So, sit back, close your eyes, and watch the scene unfold.

Thematically it is the idea of an assassination of a priest.
The first track represents the arrow/bullet/schooner-glass flying through the air. The moment that time slows down and everything becomes a buzz.
The second track is the actual impact. Time further slowing down to an almost stop, like you're underwater and struggling to even turn your head. It’s the last bit of relief the person gets before they die.
The final track is the pandemonium when everyone realises what's happened and the body hits the ground. It’s meant to be beautiful also as it’s the culmination of the culprit's work.




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DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
April 23rd 2009


20859 Comments


Wow... Concept recordings are really being taken to the next level now. Rasputin, have you ever heard a concept EP/LP that took its idea this far?

masterofcum
April 23rd 2009


428 Comments


good stuff

itchyandscratchy
April 23rd 2009


314 Comments


lol aaron's project right?

rasputin
April 23rd 2009


14555 Comments


Wow... Concept recordings are really being taken to the next level now. Rasputin, have you ever heard a concept EP/LP that took its idea this far?

Yeah I've come across some very good concepts before; this one is great purely because of its simplicity and imagery.

On a side note, this shouldn't be in metal. For some reason I can't change the genre myself but a request has been sent to our dearly beloved mods.

lol aaron's project right?

Yup.This Message Edited On 04.23.09

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
April 23rd 2009


20859 Comments


It definitely didn't sound metal going by your review.

Interesting band-name too.

Aaron
April 23rd 2009


652 Comments


Who does this Aaron guy think he is? What kind of preposterous and self-indulgent title for a band is Catfight On A Hotdog? I don't care for it and I don't care for his elitist attitude. I'm not even going to give this a rating as there isn't a shit/5 option. What kind of self indulgent idea is this concept-EP anyway? It's three tracks, Aaron! Who do you think you are? Prince? Pink Floyd? Your music is average and the production sub-par. Seriously Aaron, if you're out there, stop.



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itchyandscratchy
April 23rd 2009


314 Comments


siqq, good review anyway mang

rasputin
April 23rd 2009


14555 Comments


Just so you're aware, the EP is available for free:

http://catfightmusic.blogspot.com/
This Message Edited On 04.23.09

Kiran
Emeritus
April 23rd 2009


6002 Comments


Doubt the music would be up my alley but I want to listen to this just because the concept sounds so ridiculously cool.

Digging: D'Angelo - Black Messiah

rasputin
April 23rd 2009


14555 Comments


well it's experimental/ambient, and you've got a lot of post rock ratings so it's entirely possible this would be musically appealing to you

Aaron
April 23rd 2009


652 Comments


I've updated links for the upload on http://catfightmusic.blogspot.com/

itchyandscratchy
April 23rd 2009


314 Comments


looks like you got banned from the elite

rasputin
April 23rd 2009


14555 Comments


aaron is too elite for the elite

itchyandscratchy
April 23rd 2009


314 Comments


so elite he isn't elite anymore that's what happens you know

Willie
Moderator
April 23rd 2009


16149 Comments


Excellent review. Much better than the quick write up I have right now. This is really good, but I didn't know about the concept. How did you know (or am I just dumb)?

Digging: Mors Principium Est - Dawn Of The 5th Era

rasputin
April 23rd 2009


14555 Comments


Aaron, who is behind the music, posts on mx. You can read a conversation we had on my blog, as well as his.

Willie
Moderator
April 23rd 2009


16149 Comments


Ah, I saw the interview posted on his blog but haven't had time to read it. Guess I should so I can present a fuller picture of the EP.

rasputin
April 23rd 2009


14555 Comments


Yeah, the little excerpt at the bottom of the review is from that interview, I think knowing what the EP is about is fundamental to really enjoying it

Willie
Moderator
April 23rd 2009


16149 Comments


Definitely. I think this is one of the few times I've seen a "members also liked" section that fans of the reviewed album might really also be into.

Meatplow
April 23rd 2009


5524 Comments


lol I directed a music video for this guy



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