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Anasthetic
Jade Tree Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Of all the things that I expected my initial reaction to Anasthetic to be, the overwhelming sense that Milemarker and Nirvana have a few things in common wasn't on the list. I thought I was going to either write a respectful review of a competent album or a complete satire of the burgeoning new-post-new-wave scene. In all honesty, both of them are feasible.

But if there is one thing about Anasthetic that I can't dismiss it is the similarity to the afore mentioned Seattle trio's Nevermind, an album that changed modern rock and roll forever. I'm not talking about a similarity in sound, as any goof could tell you that the swimming baby record and the pepto unicorn record are of distinctly different tastes. Where that basic difference stops, however, is where the similarities begin. Both are records that filter pop music through punk minds and both are over-produced to the point of perfection. It is generally accepted that the ability for Nevermind to break through the glass door of commercial music was its candy coating in post production. The songs were written and even performed under the influence of a highly volatile punk rock disillusionment but were mixed and mastered to a socially acceptable sheen. Anasthetic is the same in that while it is the band's energy that carries them live, it is the songs' energy that carries them on tape. If you wanted to get into specifics you could even say that both are breakthrough albums on new labels, and both are by bands with live shows that are engaging to the point eliciting a response. If Nevermind would have been recorded and produced the same as Bleach, Courtney Love would still be an ugly stripper famous in only her own mind, and I'm fairly convinced that if Anasthetic had been approached the same way as Frigid Form Sell or Future Isms, it would be the beginning of great things for Milemarker.

As before, Milemarker focus on concocting new sounds from pre-thought synthetic devices, but this time around they're much more unpredictable in their delivery. On Anasthetic they seem to have a more focused grasp of what it is they're trying to do, more specific than just playing post-hardcore synth rock. When I heard Milemarker before I enjoyed it, but with a certain predictability, much like I enjoy the Faint and other bands of the synth-core movement. Now, on tracks like "Lost The Thoughts, But Kept The Skin" and "Ant Architect", they build upon the ideas presented on Frigid Forms Sell with an almost orchestral confidence. The guitar and percussion take the spotlight on "Ant Architect" and it doesn't seem at all odd that the rest of the instruments are pushed down in the mix. All of the seven songs are solid, and all of them are engaging in an almost dramatic way. The closer, "The Installment Plan", is the best track, hands down, and could single handedly make Anasthetic one of the best albums of the year, with its ringing guitar and hypnotic vocals.

Anasthetic is a great record and I'm pretty sure that by this time next year Milemarker will be changing the state of their rock nation much the way Nirvana did about ten years ago. People are going to notice this band in a way that I would have scarcely imagined before hearing this record.

As a side note, I also noticed that the vocals occasionally remind me of a young Ozzy Osbourne, especially at the end of "Lost The Thoughts, But Kept The Skin".

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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