Monday, November 13, 2017

'68 - In Humor and Sadness

On this release, duo Josh and Michael elected to title the songs "Track 1 - R", "Track 2 - E", etc. in order to spell out Regret Not. Here, the band is maniacal'n'crazed, with "intense" being the best description. Josh shrieks'n'howls, barks'n'bawls over a clamorous backing of guitars destroying amplifiers while drummer Michael smashes'n'bashes, starts'n'stops and propels the songs into the stratosphere. As with Two Parts Viper, there are other instruments tracked'n'attacked and the whole proceeding seems to be screaming in pain. This debut is rawer and more primitive than TPV, with Josh bellowing more in the style that he used in The Chariot, although he does use dynamics and quieter parts in which he actually sings.

This band is not something that you could listen to any time as "intense" is putting it mildly for most of this, but these two have become one of my new favorite acts with their insane live act and these extraordinarily extreme albums. Not for the faint of heart, as they say, but a great, wild ride.