Whores.
Clean


4.1
excellent

Review

by Greg Fisher STAFF
October 28th, 2013 | 41 replies | 8,618 views


Release Date: 10/29/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Cougars, Not Kittens

Atlanta's Whores. have already made a name for themselves with their ferocious debut EP, Ruiner. The fierce intensity that propelled that record finds an even more focused incarnation on the trio's brand new 6-track release. Even though it's somewhat baffling that they've put in another EP rather than a legitimate full-length, there's no question that the feral aggression, which is an indispensable ingredient of their style, works best in short bursts. Thus, instead of risking overdose Clean is impressively succinct, blasting through a series of familiar noise-rock tropes with admirable tightness, but also displaying enough confidence and verve to rise the trio to the first rank of Amphetamine Reptile worshipers. Unlike many of them, Whores. manage to put their own stamp on the genre popularized by Unsane, Cows and Tar in the 1990s. They effectively incorporate massive sludge metal into scuzzy noise-rock foundations. Throbbing bass lines and combative drum fills are augmented with monolithic guitar riffs that make the group's output crushingly heavy. On top of that are Christian Lembach's tortured vocals which imbue frustrated, often self-depreciating lyrics with spiteful vitriol.

Opener 'Baby Bird' merges all these elements with potent hooks, making for a ravenous anthem that entices with gargantuan riffs and perfectly timed transitions. Lembach almost blows his lungs out screaming the track's ecstatic, oddly uplifting mantra: “I have these terrible dreams / I'll fall from the nest / I'll break and I'm free.” Following on, 'Last Looks' feels more mechanic in its bass-driven sonic onslaught while still boasting an infectious chorus ingrained in alternative rock from the 1990s. The grooving catchiness is also a focal attribute of 'Cougars, Not Kittens.' The act's most majestic track to date benefits from its slowed-down tempo, providing the EP with a welcome detour into a more visceral, if no less ferocious musical territory. On the other hand, 'Blue Blood' offers yet another taut groove which, along with vicious shouted-out verses, reveals the outfit's hardcore punk tendencies.

Enhanced by the rock solid production of Ryan Boesch (Melvins, Helmet, Tomahawk), the second release from Whores. delivers the sting of dismal paranoia with its dynamic collection of wretched tunes that steer clear of any frills or gimmicks. Almost entirely abiding by linear song structures, Clean may not appeal to those who seek experimentation in heavy music. However, the trio's ultra-loud brand of noise rock seethes with enough unbridled anger, songwriting dexterity and alluring hooks to exert a lasting impact. Here's hoping their next offering will be more expansive both in terms of content and sound.




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greg84
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2013



7160 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

Listen here:

http://whores.bandcamp.com/album/clean

Tada. I've never reviewed an EP before.

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Spare
October 28th 2013



5223 Comments


yeah good band name dickheads

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2013



3003 Comments


great review as usual despite a weak-ass first sentence : )

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Pheromone
October 28th 2013



2923 Comments


user ratings (1)

nice.

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MortimusPrime
October 28th 2013



2025 Comments


"Even tough it's somewhat baffling that "

one mistake, good review though

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Chesse
October 28th 2013



529 Comments


Love that band name

MortimusPrime
October 28th 2013



2025 Comments


love your pic chesse

Hopelust
October 28th 2013



808 Comments


Is this anything like Sluts? Probably not I'm guessing, but I thought it'd be mildly humorous to ask.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2013



9464 Comments


Ooh these whores are from my area.

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LilLioness
October 28th 2013



2428 Comments


Know them?

Mewcopa0
October 28th 2013



1792 Comments


I checked out their last EP a while back. It was pretty good from what I remember. I like the album art on this one.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 28th 2013



14482 Comments


nice rev, Baby Bird is infectious

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MrSelfHater
October 28th 2013



9 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

...aren't just 2 songs out for now?
Dafuq did I miss?

deathofasalesman
October 28th 2013



5743 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's a band name that let's you know they play noise rock.

Good review. They sound pretty gnar. Might make it on my top EPs if the other songs live up to the two I heard.

Departures
October 28th 2013



862 Comments


WHORES

#lmfao #goodtimes #bitches #trapshit #bitches2013 #ondamoneyz #theywontseeitcomin #allnightbaby
#avicii #sluts #kush #ballaz4lyfe

ShitsofRain
October 28th 2013



4670 Comments


whores making noise

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slidenslip
October 28th 2013



1016 Comments


WHORES

greg84
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2013



7160 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

Thanks guys. Yeah, the next 4 tracks are equally good.

deathofasalesman
October 28th 2013



5743 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice. I love noise rock like this.

BallsToTheWall
October 28th 2013



44164 Comments


Nicer Dicer. Cows rule so this too must rule.



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