The Austerity Program
Bible Songs 1


4.5
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Review

by Sean H. CONTRIBUTOR (119 Reviews)
July 22nd, 2019 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "At the sacrifice I am preparing for you, you will eat fat till you are glutted and drink blood till you are drunk. At my table you will eat your fill of horses and riders, mighty men and soldiers of every kind," declares the Sovereign Lord.

Look, I don’t need to be the one to tell you that the Bible is ***ing wild. Regardless of how you feel about Christianity, it’s hard to deny just how interesting those passages can be. Bloody and shocking, the documentation of God’s holy wrath against us flawed humans gives pulp literature a run for its money. Stories of a king forced to watch as everything he loves is taken and murdered - just before his eyes are gouged out as he is bound to bronze (2 Kings 25:1-7), the slaying of young men and the taking of virgins as spoils of victory (Numbers 31:13–18), and the Lord vividly describing his vast trail of bloodshed - staining his robes red (Isaiah 63​:​2–6). These stories are just the surface of the extreme acts of the Holy Trinity and the flawed beings created in his image, with these three excerpts and more documented in Bible Songs I. The ambitious EP from New York noise punk outfit The Austerity Program attempts to recontextualize these passages in modern speech, expressions, and scenarios. So, while 2 Samuel 6:16–23 may not have originally mentioned assless chaps and cod pieces, the basic gist of the story stays the same.

In addition to lyrical recreations of these excerpts, The Austerity Program - Justin Foley, Thad Calabrese, and one pissed-off drum machine - manage to emulate the vigorous violence, tension, and fear of the Bible. The side of the Holy Text that many choose to forget is where the industrial pummeling of Bible Songs I lands, bringing the blood and pain depicted on old pages to life. Repetitive guitar riffs and thumping, artificial percussion build tension on a track like “Numbers 31:13-18” until the climax of the story hits. Then God’s will breaks loose, unleashing the fury of a thousand angels in the form of an incredibly thick bass tone and stabbing, shrill riffs. This build-up composition and uneasy atmosphere leads to an uneasy and unique listening experience, one that is much more than just Big Black or Swans with a Bible.

Much like the feelings of dread and confusion that these original passages can elicit from readers, Bible Songs I is wholly (heh) enveloping on an intense atmospheric level. Equally provocative and hard-hitting, these reinterpretations of some of the Bible’s most controversial and ignored sections are simple, yet ingenious, reminders of our creator’s most vengeful side. All the while, The Austerity Program manages to dodge feelings of hamfistedness or naivety. This EP is much more of a borderline-satirical depiction than a straight-forward bashing of Christianity. Foley and Calabrese are definitely inspired by the Good Book, but not by any of the wholesome and loving parts. The Austerity Program aren’t above the wrath of God - they’re just really compelled by it. Plus, judging by the “I” in this releases name, it seems obvious there are more passages to be recreated through the power of really ***ing scary noise punk.



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Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
July 22nd 2019


2870 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Stream: https://austerityprogram.bandcamp.com/album/bible-songs-1

Thanks to granitenotebook and Slex :3

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Slex
Contributing Reviewer
July 22nd 2019


7866 Comments


The bass on this bad boy is just chefs kiss

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hansoloshotfirst
July 22nd 2019


1417 Comments


noice.

Supercoolguy64
July 22nd 2019


8953 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hell yeah was worried i was the only one who'd care enough to rev this

need to cop this on vinyl

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clavier
Staff Reviewer
July 22nd 2019


996 Comments


nice review, you've convinced me to check this out

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JohnnyoftheWell
Contributing Reviewer
July 22nd 2019


15790 Comments


"Bible Songs I is wholly (heh) enveloping on an intense atmospheric level"

You bastard. Nice work, looking forward to checking this properly

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
July 22nd 2019


9926 Comments


If you don't like being censored you can put a couple of the letters in italics. That way you can swear as you please : ]

Like i said yesterday, review is niiiice

JohnnyoftheWell
Contributing Reviewer
July 22nd 2019


15790 Comments


censorship only goes for the initial upload - if you edit the words back, they stick

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
July 22nd 2019


2870 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ya I'll edit when I get home, posted this at the end of my lunch break

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
July 22nd 2019


2870 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Swearing is fun :]

Space Jester
July 23rd 2019


6995 Comments


Wherefore David arose and went, he and his men, and slew of the Philistines two hundred men; and David brought their foreskins, and they gave them in full tale to the king, that he might be the king's son in law. And Saul gave him Michal his daughter to wife.

- 1 Samuel 18:27


Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
July 23rd 2019


2870 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the bible is wyld dude

Ambrosian
July 23rd 2019


127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Aww this sounds so sick can't wait to listen

Ambrosian
July 23rd 2019


127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

holy shit this slays

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
July 24th 2019


10359 Comments


Ha! This sounds entertaining. I'll probably check at some point.

AaroN911
July 24th 2019


2552 Comments


This is intense to say the least

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BMDrummer
July 24th 2019


14638 Comments


holy shit thought these guys broke up

Archelirion
July 24th 2019


5721 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is such a Bloon album haha

Bass on this is absolutely fucking wild. Really, really, really good stuff. Also it's neat how effective using artificial percussion is on this. I dunno if it'd be more powerful with real drums or not, but the advantage is, each 'beat' is like delivered with the force of a pickaxe.

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
July 25th 2019


2870 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i think the drum machine is one of my favorite parts of this record, its sick



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