A horrible hack

16 - Fistula


Year Released: 2017
Format: 7"
Label: PATAC
Reviewed by Alex Deller on Dec 18, 2017
Part of a series of splits celebrating Fistula's wretched 20-year existence. Said band upchuck a sludged-out version of Devo's 'Mongoloid'. Of course they do. If you know the band and you know the song then you likely know what to expect: it’s ugly in sound, and likely less pure in sentiment than its creators intended it. This is paired with 16's crack at a Killing Joke cover ('Complications'), which is rather more interesting. The original's icy, industrial vibe has been melded with 16's antagonistic, head-kicking rock attack in a way that makes perfect sense, the thing pounding away and sending up cold grey sparks as it charges headlong into oblivion.

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