Album Review

Black Bug – “Reflecting The Light” – [HoZac Records]

Thurston Hunger   5/4/2013   A Library, CD

More rock from the alternative future where keyboards
are outlawed from use in government sanctioned punk
rock. As result, synthesizer parts are stolen from
old abandoned computer labs found on cordoned off
universities (Google search algorithms improved
enough to obviate the need for education.) From
that world, a tiny Black Bug crawls into today and
it has bitten many a KFJC DJ, myself included. Early
signs were a Tumult full length and a HoZac single
From the latter, “Helicopter” is reprised here. Some
say this Swedish trio was born from a John Carpenter
movie marathon, others say they moved to the catacombs
beneath Paris where they were taught bad manners and
how to sing in English by an Atari. Plenty to love
here, but love it quickly, not just the thick synth
filth, but the oppressive ambiance and rightful mistrust
of authority. Computer voice action on “Police Heliopter”
(Bad Lieutenant meets Robocop?) and “Nightstick.”
Drunk college singing on “Mask”, imported women on
“Slay Them” (feeling like Servotron with a nice nasty
virus) Sci-fi theme instro for an imaginary file to
close it with “Onskestenen” Some swelling may occur,
but repeated bug bites will build up positive toxins.
-Thurston Hunger

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