9/10 Phil Staff review, 05 December 2013
Rocket Records have been going for 15 years. That’s quite a feat in this fickle industry we inhabit (cohabit?). What with labels, artists and record companies losing money left, right and center these days (cos folk want music for free and straight away) things are a lot trickier than they used to be. However Rocket have ridden this wave and gone from strength to strength over recent years, and after releasing records by Gnod, Shit & Shine, Teeth of The Sea and Goat you can see why they’re still knocking about.
So this 2LP set is a feast for the ears, celebrating the 15 years of a top-notch label. I’m not going to do a track by track thing as the label have done a great job of that in the press release. I will say the Shit & Shine track is awesome, if extremely jarring on the ears. It’s a total marmite of a tune that you’ll either love or hate. There’s a ton of other awesome tunes on here though I’m struggling to work out what they are due to the amazing splatty vinyl stopping me from seeing where the tracks start and end and me being a bit dim! There’s an awesomely chuggy riff laden dirgey motorik tune which I think is by Blood Sport and it’s totally brilliant. I want to listen to that one on repeat!
The whole comp flows brilliantly and it’s an excellently compiled foray into cosmic rock!
4/10 Mr Pearls Brain Customer review, 30th September 2015
Grey. This album is very, very grey. It's on grey vinyl streaked with more grey (one disc light, one disc dark), or at least mine is. Some of them are on black vinyl, which might be a mercy. The credits are printed white on grey, and barely legible, trying to read them gives me a headache.
The album is dominated by the $hit and $hine track which goes on forever and is just horrible. It emits a sickening bass noise which makes me want to hide in the shed. I'm usually well up for a bit of noise, and I mean like on those RRR comps from various US states from the mid noughties (Steel Hook Prostheses, anyone? Goat? No?) or something like Enkidu, but this is just foul. The rest of it is anonymous, some of it is kinda post-Kraut, bops along nicely enough, but nobody seems to have turned in their best work. Goat's track in particular is a terrible disappointment, a will-this-do offcut of a thing.
I've got a lot of time for Rocket, they work hard to put out music they like, nicely packaged often with coloured vinyl, die cuts and other treats, but this is more than just a missed opportunity, it is a clunker of a mis-step. Good price, though.
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