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Three One G Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Where to begin. Been sick for days. Head hurts. Cough just won't stop. Got this record a while ago. Listened to it once and put it away. Must review it now. Swedish band. Fucking brutal grindcore with wicked screams that go one of two ways: high-pitched "Ahhhhhhh's" or low-throated "Errrrrrrrrrrrr's." 41 tracks that cover every single recording Asterisk has ever put to tape. I refuse to keep putting the * after their name, even though that's how it is on the record. Snap out of it, enjoy this assault, review this record, let it flow through you. "Adding Milk to DNA." "Iron-Head: Palestine." "The Word 'Blood' is Mentioned 109 Times in Macbeth." Frantic double-bass drumming with curdling fast distorted electric guitars and bass, every fucking songs pounding and pounding and pounding, makes the Locust look like a bunch of pussies with their keyboards and shit. Oh yeah, the Locust are a bunch of pussies. I bet Asterisk don't wear tight pants and get haircuts. Actually, Plague Soundscapes is pretty tight, so I will stop talking shit about the Locust, it's too easy anyway. These songs are almost prog at times. And wait, is that a Queen cover? Yes, it is. "Ogre Battle." Grindcore Queen. Not bad. What is in the water in Sweden? Satan? Vodka? Herpes? This record is sort of amazing. Songs are short, blending into each other. Very unfriendly music. Asterisk fucking rules. I feel better, even though I am still coughing. Thanks Asterisk*.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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