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Wreck and Reference – “Black Cassette” – [Self-release]

Thurston Hunger   6/3/2011   A Library, CD

Solid blast-furnace rock with wounded dog vocals. The halting
guitar work, discharged and then silenced is evidently all
sampled sound, either way those massive chunks getting
chopped up give this short EP an arresting energy. When the
sampled sound furnace goes silent, the background noise
and percussion after-image feels like you are in a bombed
out factory. Check the midpoint of “Desire, Ether.” Some
synth warnings are flashed and ignored…meanwhile the drums
are not always desolate, they pummel on frequently. The
vocals sound like a captain going down with the ship, even
if the ship is waterproof, he exhorts the drummer to drop
massive depth charges to open a gaping hole in the hull.
That’s it; this is hole in the hull rock. If not angry,
then extremely driven. Sounds like these guys are from
our state, who said torndoes never hit Californa? Heavy
duty, miss at your peril.????????????????????????????????

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