The criminally underrated Hominid Sounds (Cattle, Sly & The Family Drone) bring forth this collaborative release from hardcore brutalists Bruxa Maria and stoner-metal group Casual Nun. Bruxa Maria handle the first three, with ‘It’s All In The DNA’ a particularly brutal assault. Casual Nun handle the second half and play things looser and more languidly - but no less impressively - than their Bruxa brethren. Only 250 copies.
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140g black vinyl LP on Hominid Sounds. Edition of 250 copies.
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As our most annoying and pun-adjacent description writer Fred MG notes, Hominid Sounds absolutely slays. The label’s noisy gruel should, by rights, be selling more records than Jack White is live albums from his lounge; they’ve delivered us a Cattle LP, introduced Sly & The Family Drone and pushed around bands such as Death Pedals. If you like your psychedelia to hate you back, you’ve got it again with this calamitous concoction of Casual Nun and Bruxa Maria.
I once did not know who Bruxa Maria were but now I do: a scuzzed-up doom band yelping from the nether reaches of their portal to hell, their slow cacophony is a revelation, perfectly mixing moments of distraught timeout -- a mere march of chords and toms -- with demonic skramz that I’d rather keep at this safe distance, thanks. Over three songs they very much do the business.
Which is just as well, because they’re up against (or rather, in co-operation with) Casual Nun, whose medley of buzzsaw electronics and punk speedrunning once again rules the school. Joyriding their way through what sound like the black holes of once sentient songs, their heavily processed voices mix with guitar shred in a way that keeps the listener holding onto the rails for fear of falling out of their ears. When they slow it down and do something weird, it still has a profound, cage-rattling effect: the chiming and grooving melodic sabotage of “Sherry Bell” will be in my nightmares like a Bloodborne boss.
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