Following a period of solo exploration, trip metal pioneer Drainolith (Aids Wolf, Dan’l Boone) follows his 2012 LP ‘Fighting’ with this latest release ‘Hysteria’. Created over two years, in various studios with the help of producers ‘Boone brothers Nate Young (Wolf Eyes) and Neil Hagerty (Royal Trux), ‘Hysteria’ moves into even more weird territory with fuzzed out blues guitar, a plethora of erratic electronics and disorientating percussion with a streak of 80’s death metal influence.
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8/10 Jim Staff review, 29 June 2015
Drainolith is Alexander Moskos, the guitarist from Canadian weirdo-punk outfit Aids Wolf and more recent collaborator with Neil Hagerty (Royal Trux, Howling Hex) and Nate Young (Wolf Eyes) in Dan’l Boone. It features a lot of his angular guitar playing and drawling vocals enmeshed in hallucinatory arrangements of strange electronics and what sounds like a lifetime of hoarding various bits of musical junk. The closest comparison I can think of is perhaps a mixture of ‘Twin Infinitives’ era Royal Trux and the more song-oriented, outsider appropriations of The Howling Hex; which isn’t that surprising given the Hagerty connection (he also produced some of this album).
Compared with Hagerty’s cocky yelp, Moskos has a more downbeat vocal delivery, and his guitar playing is more nuanced and melodic here than the searing psychotic scrawls he previously laid down with Aids Wolf. At times the music reminds me of the jagged blues of the Magic Band one minute or a flanged-up, sinewy Van Halen transplanted into a post-apocalyptic wasteland the next. The tracks drift and meander like this in a dreamlike fashion, sounding relatively focused and almost poppy in parts before slipping deep into unexplored alleys of the subconscious. Recommended for anyone wanting to inject a little extra strangeness into their summer.
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