Dead Neanderthals are everyone’s favourite free-jazz-gone-grindcore outfit, generally tending towards relentless sax / drums thunderstorms. Craters is still an intense ride, but it adds in a third member / instrument in the form of Maxime Petit’s bass guitar. They let the atmospheres simmer and grow on this one, without losing their essential Neanderthal bite. LP / CD release on Consouling Sounds.
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‘Craters’ is a half hour drone leak whose opening seconds of helicopter lawn mower buzz while either compel you to further distress or remind you of all the outdoor chores you have to get done today; either way, it’s done its job.
If you can believe it, this trio is comprised of sax, bass and drums, plus the inevitable coating of synth; none of them really feel like a surface instrument on this record, which is stretched and pulled of all recognisable timbres. Whining towards its finish line, everything sounds processed, specific tones droning and oscillating but never, ever stepping into the limelight. At choice moments, bassy percussive sounds seem to punctuate the noise wall as if only to suggest there’s something more to fall into if we go deeper.
This is space rock the way it’d probably exist: at rates so slow and shapeless that you could drift with it forever. Unfortunately we are, as a species, in thrall to the construct of time, so you’ve only got thirty-seven minutes to enjoy this
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