Vinyl LP £16.99 VIRUS436LP

7th LP on Alternative Tentacles.

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CD on Alternative Tentacles.

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Wreck by Unsane
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9/10 Mike 30 March 2012

I'll not beat around the bush here. I've got '90s rock in my veins. It's where I'm from. Phil was trying to argue that there wasn't time to review the new Unsane album, but I couldn't be having that, see. I saw Unsane live last year and they're still every bit as pummelling as they ever were, with brutal, repetitive riffs, textbook heavy tones...I always saw them as like the sweet spot between Motorpsycho and Fu Manchu, with thunderous psychedelic stoner riffs driven by grunting tractor bass grooves. In 'No Chance' there's some wailing harmonica taking things up yet another notch (there's some pretty cool bits of slide guitar popping up around the album too). I'm in awe of the combination of aggression and control these guys can conjure up record after record. You'd think after all these years they'd have lost the fire, but aside from Alice In Chains-esque downbeat number 'Stuck' (the only major misstep), this whole album roars along at a ferocious pace. It's followed by old-school gnarly rocker 'Roach' and unhinged Lard-esque closer 'Ha Ha Ha' anyway and all is quickly forgiven. Phil thinks the chunky modern rock guitar tones on this LP are a bit polished for his taste and he prefers the scuzzier early stuff but to be honest I think a thicker sound suits their barrage of hate-fuelled power. Marvel as they riff their way through ten new classics with mastery and brute hostility. 'Don't' has my favourite riff of the bunch, I think. Huge spacious doomy grooves. Maybe they're not quite grown-up for Phil any more, but these 'orrible bastards are still pushing all my buttons.




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