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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
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Of Death
Build A Bridge and Get Over It
Alone Records

Rating: 1/10 ?


October 1, 2004
To see your dream come to fruition… It's truly a magical time for the band Of Death. Not long ago, these four men set out to create music with limited public appeal while simultaneously being aurally offensive, to incorporate new and disturbing sounds into their grind-tinged speed core, but what?

It began with Josh Brown's vision: Of Death will need to be fast, but it also needs some balance. The answer? Minimalist lulls of bass and drum, with sloping guitar, peaking and then exploding again into a musical hurricane, a fury matched by none. Yes, this was a rare time for genius to set its path before the layman, to inspire in mysterious ways. The easel had its background, the groundwork had been laid, but a special blend of noise was required to flesh out this masterpiece, to mold it into an entity all its own.

The vocals needed to be unique. They needed to lack melody and talent. Humans, to be sure, have done it before, but Of Death noticed that - while the industry had its share of hacks bellowing their way through bloated chaotic tunes, how many bands used an animal as their lead vocalist? It would have to be something exotic - a sloth perhaps, or a spider monkey… something with a voice that could shatter glass if manipulated just right, but after some experimentation and expensive cleaning bills (sloth hair sticks to most surfaces…even acrylic; it's really quite something), the vocals were more deep whines and drones, never even phasing the neighbor's black Labrador, Paddington.

Resolute in its pursuit, but daunted by initial failure, Of Death was prepared to rely on more common human tactics to produce this yet to be discovered sound, and then it struck bassist Josh Wrinkle quite literally… on the shoulder. Bird refuse. Why limit your pursuit to mammals? Animals of the feathered variety were practically created to annoy. After some deliberation, the band decided on a parrot as the culprit, but it would take more than just grapes and friendly coaxing to get Polly to hit the high notes.

After some brainstorming, Of Death knew what had to be done, and a carrot was chosen as the perfect utensil. Anal rape, while an affront of the most despicable kind, is also a tool of many of today's finest singers. To hit the high notes, sometimes it took motivation of the physical persuasion, and in Of Death's case, the result was magical. Truly the sound of a thousand angels screaming into infinity at their demise, all in one little feathered package.

Their sound completed, instrument and voice intertwined, Of Death released Build A Bridge and Get Over It, a fifteen-minute exercise in the exploration of sound, and managed to rupture eardrums across the nation. It has the making of a classic tale, from inception to completion, a story of a band with a worthless dream that wasn't afraid to take a stand and say, "Why not us? Why not Of Death?" Why not indeed.

Reviewed by David Spain
Based in Chicago, Illinois, David Spain is a contributing writer for LAS magazine.

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