‘Tender Crawler’ is the latest release from progressive Leeds quarter Monster Killed By Laser. Released on cassette, the tape features four ambitious instrumental movements built around deft, cocksure fret work and synths. The intention was to squeeze as much as possible into every minute, the results being something akin to a dizzying mixture of Goblin, Rush and even John Carpenter in places.
4-track cassette EP on Moody Voyeur Recordings.
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Leeds horror-prog titans Monster Killed By Laser have been going for-bloody-ever and yet there is still almost no documentation of their decades-long drift from Melvins-ish riffy math rock to the Goblin-meets-Rush slickness contained on this cassette EP aside from a couple of split 7"s - the most recent of which came out in 2008. While this EP is brief, with very little by way of packaging or information, the fact that the rarely-spotted proggers have finally put together a physical release is worth celebrating, especially when it's as fun as what's contained here.
The quartet mix doom riffs and John Carpenter-esque synths with some gleefully punishing guitar theatrics that often remind me of the oddball stadium fret-bothering of Omar Rodriguez-Lopez if he had to play in Goblin. Second track 'An Inward Ill' is especially Volta with its spiralling riff and Jon Theodore-esque rhythms courtesy of drum monster Dave Shields (also of Cowtown). If you're into noise rock, horror soundtracks and overblown prog and haven't yet been exposed to Monster Killed By Laser, jump on this - who knows when your next chance will come along?
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