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The Null Corporation
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No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
13 Minutes of Love and Doom
Noreaster Failed Industries

Rating: 6/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Struction's new EP is entitled 13 Minutes of Love and Doom. While it would have been more appropriate to call it 13 Minutes of Doom, as it sounds like the swelling soundtrack to a disaster film, the word "Love" offsets it nicely; I don't quite feel love oozing from this release, but perhaps it's a reference to the band's love of musical creation.

In any case, it is an EP shaded with distorted recordings of staticky final words, piercing guitars and intensity. The tracks take over, grounding you to your seat. While this is an indication of power, it is also the release's greatest weakness: there is simply no room for interpretation. 13 Minutes of Love and Doom tells you exactly how threatened and overwhelmed to feel, and you'd better. As chaos meets volume and distortion, you either succumb in terror or, frankly, walk away.

I don't believe too many people will take that second, exasperated option - the EP too strong to be denied. But, to be honest, once you take in the full effect of such sonic terrorism, and know the intensity of its instrumental attack, you'd have to be in the mood to go through all that again. As good as it is, there's a strong temptation to back away after you're through, making repeat listens very selective. Once you've been through a natural disaster, you're not looking to take on another; after 13 Minutes of Love and Doom, you'll be ready to pick up the pieces and enjoy the needed quiet.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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