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and On and On [coll] – [Relapse Records]

mickeyslim   4/10/2013   A Library, CD

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Split CD with Despise You and Agoraphobic Nosebleed, came out in 2011. Despise You hits the first 18 tracks; they’re about :30 to 1:30 of hardcore punk power violence (a scene they helped pioneer) Formed in ’94 in LA, they remained relatively unknown through the ’90s because they never played live (which was later revealed to be because of a timid lead vocalist, Chris Elder). Vocals about being depressing and self hatred and being a low down Chicano living in LA. Guitarist Phil Vera calls it “The perfect soundtrack to hating your life.” Indeed.

Agoraphobic Nosebleed has seen more light of day than Despise You, but are much darker than their compatriots on this album. Formed the same year (1994) across the U.S. in beautiful Springfield, MA. Their 7 tracks range from :30 to 4:40, and slowy sludge stoney sounds through sand. When all of a sudden a sleeper wave come in and everything’s fast and hectic, and back to the grudgey grindcore and skin peeling vocals. Last track ends with about a minute of mellow ambience.

Putrid, rank, offensive, grimey..

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