A horrible hack



Year Released: 2018
Format: LP
Label: Svart
Reviewed by Alex Deller on Oct 7, 2018
It's not been long since we last saw Throat, but in the time they've been aware there's been a surprising metamorphosis. True enough, fans of the band's previous output won't be disappointed as they still deliver ornery noise-rock by the shovel-load, but the band's deck of influences has been opened up, plundered and messily reformed to create something startling. Opener 'Safe Unsound' sets the tone, providing a simmering, stony-faced dirge that owes a debt to latterday Swans and deals in boiling tension that never quite finds release. Elsewhere 'No Hard Shoulder' comes across like Harvey Milk gone Burning Airlines and 'Recut' hammers out a Quicksand-worshipping riff that leaves itself gruntingly unfulfilled. Side B opens with some more Swans homage (this time circa 'The Great Annihilator') and closes with 'Maritime', a weird, feisty, fiery number that divides its time between krautrock and cock rock. Each song stands alone as a miniature triumph, but it's together that they work wonders, coagulating to form a grotesque, leering, difficult slice of rock music that's up there with the year's very best.

Recommended record by Collective Zine!

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