Agoraphobic Nosebleed
Altered States of America


5.0
classic

Review

by Pete Mossberg USER (22 Reviews)
June 18th, 2006 | 43 replies | 11,954 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


6 of 6 thought this review was well written

"Altered States of America" - the paradigm of extreme narco-grind, spanning over almost a hundred songs dissecting the thick layers of filth on humanity's underbelly. The brainchild of Scott Hull (famous from bands like Pig Destroyer and Anal Cunt) takes the listener on a 20 minute journey of shock, awe, disgust and sonic abuse - programmed drums blasting away at up to 1,000 BPMs, accompanied by vicious metal riffs, vocals grunted, spoken, screamed and growled as well as miscellaneous odd and ominous samples and soundbytes. With the average song lenght being just over 12 seconds, recommending high-lights seems redundant - your best option would be to get the album, put your headphones on and just sit back with the lyrics sheet and let the ugly chaos implode your senses.

It's imperative to realize that Agoraphobic Nosebleed in general and this album in particular isn't necessarily music as much as it is a kind of artistical installment of noise. Everything - from samples and vocals to drum beats and riffs - is pushed beyond limitation and exhaustion to acheive excess for the sake of excess, making it hard to differentiate between brilliance and pretentious hyperbolism. But for creating an effect, if only one of shock, their eclectic arrangements work wonders.

And that's not even touching upon the lyrics of the album. As previously stated, they're for the most part an excursion into everything filthy in the world (like paedophilia, cannibalism, trafficking, sodomy, rape, murder, pop culture) and range from resembling social commentary and critique, to being blatant displays of disregard for humanity. Or how about the lyrics to "Narcoterrorist Megalomaniac";

There's so much money in guns and drugs
I could have anyone killed with a phone call.
South American women being torn apart by huge cats for my masturbatory amusement.
Nothing like paying for a four thousand dollar boob job on a third world slut and have it ravaged by albino tigers.
While having another slut on your dick trying to disprove her expandability.


...or the 12-song suite of the days of Sodom, in which in part three, Eve (known from The Bible: Genesis) grows a huge dick and fucks a snake. Yeah.

The albums works best, no - the album works only as a complete piece. Since it's 99 songs spanning "just" 20 minutes, it's not much to ask that one listen to it from beginning to end. Actually taking the time to do that, just listening to the album (preferrably with access to the lyrics) is guaranteed to make you feel like you're on just as much drugs as the band must've been on when this album was conceived. And if that's not an accomplishment worthy of genius-status, I don't know what is.



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Pete
June 18th 2006



189 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I like how the tracklist is way longer than my review

The Jungler
June 18th 2006



4827 Comments


99 tracks? Brutal, I don't much like Grind, so I doubt I'll check this out.

Cravinov13
June 18th 2006



3854 Comments


looks intresting

Gnarmageddon
June 18th 2006



28 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great album. Though I have to be in the right mood to listen to this. Nice review, Pete.This Message Edited On 06.18.06

Pete
June 19th 2006



189 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

[quote=spence]Nice review, Pete.[/quote]
Thanks - where's my rating? :angreh:

any14doomsday
February 15th 2007



678 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Everything about this album makes me want to love it, but I dont .

Ill break it out every now and again for a listen but not very often

Shattered_Future
February 15th 2007



1539 Comments


I got really disappointed that I wasn't able to finish this album before I lost it. Good review.

cbmartinez
February 16th 2007



2525 Comments


I have this but never gave it a spin. I dig their work on The Poacher Diaries though. Will listen soon.

Confessed2005
March 9th 2007



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ahhh I need more ANB.

Good review - 99 tracks?

That's so grind! lol

kalkal50
May 19th 2007



2386 Comments


It's so funny listening to this, and having the songs change all the time.

LifeInABox
July 3rd 2007



3707 Comments


This album is so awesome. This Message Edited On 07.21.07

theminustimes
September 26th 2007



261 Comments


im not a big fan of grind but i definatly want to check this out

BroRape
February 29th 2008



803 Comments


i really want this. scott hull is my boy.

BELMoNT
June 24th 2008



43 Comments


Killler album...it makes you want to kill, i mean it.


shindip
July 18th 2009



3536 Comments


Awesome I can listen to the whole thing with itunes previews

shindip
July 18th 2009



3536 Comments


it is pretty much the most pointless album ever

ameypv
November 3rd 2009



807 Comments


that tracklist is greater than your review

jpenna1212
December 26th 2009



15 Comments


You should have done a track by track review......lol

UpperDecker
December 26th 2009



255 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bong Hit Wonder is an awesome song title. They have such crazy song titles. Especially on Bestial Machinery. I haven't found a good copy with all the songs on the album to download yet so I think I'm probly gonna buy it.

EnCrypt.
January 24th 2010



882 Comments


Well that sucked.



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