8/10 Mike Staff review, 03 July 2014
Here’s a short but sweet one-sided etched 12” from Zu. It’s only got about 10 minutes of music on it which could easily have been squeezed onto a 7” but never mind that, what’s here is really good. This trio feature The Locust’s Gabe Serbian on drums and harsh jazzer Massimo Pupillo on bass along with sax from Luca T. Mai and guest vocals from Napalm Death’s Barney Greenway. They’ve collaborated with the likes of Mike Patton and the Melvins in the past so you can be confident they really know their shit.
Anyway, there’s three songs here showcasing their grimy doom-jazz sound, full of repetitive sax riffs, machinegun drumming and a bass tone that could saw through metal. The middle track of the three, ‘Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars’, is probably my favourite, getting straight to the point with some Orthrelm-meets-Sweep the Leg Johnny honk’n’slash riffing. The bass is seriously so growly you could use it as a laxative. Barney turns up on the closer, a minute-long Residents cover. Total filth. Not bad.
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