Sunday, 6 January 2019

Disasteratti - Cerebal Hack Artist (2014)

Just played this and realised how fucking good it was!
This Minneapolis 3-piece are a noise/groove/attack rock band
that have produced an album of twisted beauty. 

Punk and noise-rock rarely sound as fucked up and beautiful
at the same time as this. Claustrophobic tension abounds on these
dark tracks of twisted mayhem which are solid with the weight of
delicate intensity that confronts the listener.

Song templates are ripped apart as the riffs thunder across expectations,
giving the impression of an out-of-control muscle car plowing through
a crowd of innocent bystanders. Disasteratti are quite clearly doing 
their own thing without any genre restrictions holding them back.

This is a chaotic but thoughtful noise being pulled together to give
the tracks their own identity - something sometimes missing from
other bands. There is a sparseness in some of the song arrangements
that give some breathing space which are helped by cleanish guitars
that slash and burn their way through the more melodic passages 
lodging in your head.

Highly recommended!

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Friday, 4 January 2019

Black Flag - Live '84

With tracks culled mainly from My War and Slip It In, 
this is a fiery document of a band kicking down any
preconceptions of how hardcore was supposed to sound.
I know that many people hold Damaged as their finest
hour but without taking anything away from that awesome
album, the next two were my personal highlights. Rollins was
sinking even deeper with his personal problems and this was
reflected in the lyrics and Greg Ginn was forging ahead with
his intense metal/jazz riffs and writing slower, longer songs
which just seemed to intensify the power and aggression. This
is a searing set with a band finding their peak.