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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Decapitated
Organic Hallucinosis
Earache Records

Rating: 7/10 ?


February 24, 2006
Thrash metal kiddies the world over have Mastodon and their copycats to thank for making their very existence more worthy of some modicum of respect (the usual "Death to False Metal!" fanboyist dogma notwithstanding) and less a laughingstock of interminable cut-and-paste Pantera droppings. There's a sense of renewed energy among the latest clone warriors, as if Metallica hadn't ever decided to abandon every black-tee-shirt-wearer on earth and chuck "Unnamed Feeling" water balloons at them from the safety of their castle roof - one whiff of the air says it's almost 1987 all over again.

Someone should clue Slagel over at Metal Blade about all this and hit him in the ear with a nice fat cease and desist order, but while he tries to locate his undies there are plenty of bands, such as Decapitated, eager to spew forth a frenetic brand of yell-core whose ideas tend to revolve around using Mesa Boogie amps as instruments of monotonous percussion. As with their peers, Decapitated's red-faced Cookie Monster bellowing is five-by-five, but the sophomoric joke-prog wanking of the math/metal brigade is nowhere in sight. The renaissance of discordant time signature messes seems prepared to go the way of New Coke, its purveyors reluctantly handing back over the heaviness they annexed while the world was busy trying to figure out indie rock ("Death to False Indie!").

This new wave of - oh, let's call it jackhammer-thrash - does have some old roots, but it didn't necessarily sprout from hardcore. It is more about a rock and roll power trip than music to smash teeth by; think Van Halen's "Loss of Control." Matter of fact, it could be metal's way of keeping pace with electro-noise bands (Combichrist immediately comes to mind) while throwing third-generation emo like My Chemical Romance under the bus (about time, too, while we're picking at genres gone hopelessly unoriginal). Nothing emo here - metal has found a new way to explore the primal and the visceral, aping the sound of a world scared out of its mind by religious zealots offering only two solutions: propaganda from religious zealots who've taken away freedom in the name of freedom on one side, while the other runs around threatening instant wartime conditions. The incessant rat-a-tatting of M-16s and the crushing of debris under the wheels of fast-moving Red Cross trucks are the die from which tunes like Organic Hallucinosis' were cast.

Don't take this as quintessential hype though - in the face of innumerable competitors, Decapitated could be to music what your local McDonalds is to gastronomy. It might not be groundbreaking stuff, but it's encouraging to know it's out there.

Reviewed by Eric Saeger
An LAS staff writer based in New Hampshire, Eric Saeger was named alt.flame\'s Newbie of the Year in 2000.

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