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Sword Heaven/Lambsbread [coll] – [Lost Treasures of The Underworld]

2007 split LP featuring sidelong tracks (both of which sound improvised) from two noisy, vaguely free-jazz-influenced bands from Ohio.

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Sword Heaven are a duo with one guy on harsh electronics/shouting and one on drums. The track begins with stomach-churning creaking sound and slow, pounding drumming. The drums get more technical and busy as the piece progresses, spending a lot of time around the cymbals. The use of cymbals to create the illusion of modulated static reminded me of some of Sissy Spacek’s more abrasive stuff. It’s a devastating assault, akin to experiencing a thunderstorm.

Lambsbread are two guys and a girl in a traditional power-trio guitar-drums-bass setup. The grooves make it look like two tracks, but it’s only one (that gap is a particularly nasty streak of feedback). Beware: this track, unlike its reverse, plays at 45rpm. Unfortunately, I liked it more at 33 – the jazzier side here, its frantic instrumental noise rock textures come across like a more stoned Harry Pussy, and I must say that improvised noise rock has not been my cup of tea lately. All the same, it is a fairly interesting, high-energy 14 minutes, with a drone-based midsection and skittering use of distorted guitar feedback that is sometimes reminiscent of free-jazz horn work. The drone part is fun but the aimless noise guitar wankery that makes up most of the track I could do without.

Overall, I prefer Sword Heaven’s side as it is perhaps ‘heavier.’

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on February 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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