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Frigid Forms Sell
Lovitt Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
While Anasthetic will no doubt prove to be Milemarker's introduction to a great number of people, it is the Lovitt album Frigid Forms Sell that will most likely be the band's high point in many eyes. While their angular post-hardcore zig-zag rocketry was streamlined into a pink new wave of punk on Anasthetic, it is on Frigid Forms Sell where the Chicago-via-Chapel Hill quartet put together an excellent amalgamation of fractured punk, Trans Am style Kraut-wave and artistic elan.

The potential of this post-punk patchwork is most exemplified in the album's third track, "Sex Jam One: Sexual Machinery". The aggressive guitar that is feature prominently in the following tracks here gives way to a mosaic of subculture sampling. The mixture works remarkably well for the disparity between the styles, and Roby Newton's high strung yet intoxicating vocals are the icing on the cake.

"Sex Jam Two: Insect Incest" and the following "Cryogenic Sleep" display the band's ability to muscle the guitars, while the operatic "Industry For the Blind" proves another angle of versatility as the Milemarker trump card is pulled and the synthesizers take over.

Throughout Frigid Forms Sell Milemarker prove themselves to be the sum of various parts, unwaveringly loyal to the ideas of different yet tight-knit post-punk sentiments. Anasthetic is no doubt more polished and streamlined, but it is Frigid Forms Sell which holds truest to Milemarker's past and points at the potential genius of their future.

reissue: Jade Tree Records

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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