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Massacre – “Killing Time” – [Fred Records]

surferrosa   10/31/2011   A Library, CD

Massacre is Fred Frith on guitar, Bill Laswell on bass and Fred Maher on drums. This album was recorded live, mainly in Paris and Brooklyn 1981. These sound like they would have been epic liver performances. The music here fluctuates between the sounds of math rock, psych and free jazz. Its all instrumental and largely improvised. Some of the songs sound more calculated than others (3, 19 for example) but its pretty obvious to tell which are improvised jams and which are not. The music here is chaotic. Its dissonant and experimental. Weird note intervals, strange time signatures, and intriguing combinations of rhythms and sounds. The music here is heavy, gritty, noisy and fully delightful. Check out tracks 6 & 11 for lengthier improvised journeys of feedback, dissonance and alien string noises. A lot of these pieces track into each other, especially the shorter ones, so play it continuously if you please. this album is solid awesome. – Surfer Rosa

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Max Level says

Solid awesome. A long overdue add.

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