Remote Viewing release their new LP via Hominid Sounds (Cattle, Casual Nun). There’s plenty of muscle gone into this one - RV contain members of Palehorse, Million Dead, Record Buying Public and a bunch of other heavy groups - and Blood Loss is a suitably hard-bitten experience. Blood-curdling shrieks, drums that sound like they’re about to burst the monitors apart, ten-tonne riffs on the cusp of stoner and doom. It’s a wild ride.
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When Mr. Burns said “their flower power is no match for my glower power”, Hominid Sounds felt that. In abundance. The label’s latest offering of disdain comes from Remote Viewing, who use doom metal as a cathartic bloodletting, releasing all their internalised agony in harshly-housed riffs and guttural groans. And the occasional solo. Solos always help.
This is a band well on its way to being a supergroup; it involves ex-members of Million Dead and Palehorse, so they know how to fuss up a storm. An intensely personal record about struggling, depression and grieving for parents, it is not an easy listen, but the band use doom and crust punk as a means of going out of themselves, being out of the skin that hosts the life. The wonderfully named “Fuck a Church” is a wonderful dissonant groove, its churning chords busying up a tune that sounds like it was produced in the wide open spaces of hell -- there’s nothing but a void and a person to scream into it.
At times the record feels close to structuring a breakdown. The gorgeous metallic guitar patterns and bass tones of “Pellcan’t” are shapes amidst a shapeless vocal performance, one that howls and hurts and feels about helplessly for a solution. It’s massively striking; this record feels at once like a feral outburst and a tight ship. You'll hear few metal records as devastating and impacting this year -- the music they're making comes from an unholy and unfair place.
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