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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
American Heritage
Through the Age of Quarrel and into the Era of Putting Up With It
Troubleman Unlimited

Rating: 7.8/10 ?


October 1, 2004
It is hard to believe that this trio could... well, write this shit. I don't really know where to begin with this band or this album, save to say that they are very, very impressive. And scary. Their latest offering, a six-song, enhanced CD with a title as expansive as the music contained within, is nothing if not intimidating.

That so much musical prowess could be combined with such brute force in such a seemingly effortless way is a testament to the new level upon which American Heritage construct their precise madness. Songs such as "Calculating the Impact of the Discontent of Dispossessed Demographics" showcase the band's talents and various influences in one lengthy lesson on timing, emphasis and even nuance. Beginning with a jazzy session of free association, this track reels through several changes of sonic scenery before entering the blitzkrieg assault that, in trademark American Heritage fashion, alternates between a sludgy pounding and frantic riffage. The album's final track is, however, with out a doubt, the showcase event of this programming selection. After taking a few minutes to digest the song's title ("The Psychoreactive Flow in Cavernous Passages Under the Villas, Manors, Castles, Haciendas, and Mansions of the Superpredator Class has Poisoned the Potato Crops and has Caused Eyes to Blaze With Blind Tuber Rage") I still had a few minutes of cranial jarring and aneurysmic pummeling to digest, a task which I view as the classic Dirty Job that Someone has to do.

American Heritage have succeeded in establishing what so few acts do today; their own identity. There is no mistaking their sound and there is certainly no question as to the effectiveness of their delivery. Their songs are fast, hard, complex and certainly not for the weak of heart. There are so many things going on between the machine-like drumming, the driving bass and the maniacal guitar that there is often little to keep these compositions from blurring into one flaming mass of squalor. On top of the authentic compositions, this CD features a few oddball computer-aided concoctions as well as Quicktime footage, which brings me to obligation to advise you, faithful rock and roll enthusiasts, to see this band live. Their albums can blow your speakers, but your mind will truly be blown after a live set.

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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