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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 01 November 2013
What would an album which features the talents of Shane Embury (Napalm Death), Ginger Wildheart (The Wildhearts) and Jon Poole (Cardiacs), with guest appearances from Mark E Smith (The Fall) and Merzbow actually sound like? Well we are talking about extreme metal as opening track ‘Bracken’ churns with your regulation shards yo jagged guitars and growly, fuming vocals, yet half way through there is the smallest hint of a burst of melody amongst the chaos and this continues into ‘Utopia Syndrome’ which opens with a few relatively tuneful phrases before lurching into the kind of mid section that can only be described as ‘furious’.
‘White Leg’ featuring The Cardiacs Jon Poole is exactly like a metal Cardiacs, with all the twists and turns and time and key shifts that you may expect. This is really intense stuff, played at breakneck speed yet there is enough melody and interesting rhythm employed that fans of any kind of left field experimental music should find something to enjoy. The Cardiacs style melodies are really catching my ear, reminding me that I do miss that wonderful band so. Tracks like ‘Protein’ are much more in the style of Fantomas being relatively straightforward, certainly compared to something like ‘Mutation’ which features the distinctive bark of Mark E Smith, making it straight away sound like the most out-there Fall record ever made.
It mixes shards of noise, pieces of electronica and sort of tuneful female backing vocals to create something wholly original and pretty much unlike anything I’ve ever heard. Smith’s gutteral shouts are just perfect over the mahem. A really interesting forward thinking album that despite my general non interest in the extreme forms (or otherwise) of metal I’ve found plenty to enjoy.
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