This is head music that the even the most stuck-up music dork can take a bite out of. The rhythms are spot on while giving the illusion of being uncontrolled. The feeling of danger and doom is pushed forward not only by the zombie-like moan of the lead vocals, but by the dangerous sounding rhythms and dissonant guitar tones. Background instruments like strings give punctuation and lift passages to the point where the monster is just about to bust your skull in, but at the last moment it all falls beautifully apart into a million dirty pieces.
Even the album packaging is a piece of art. The cover is a photograph of a creepy forest where each tree is marked with a white band. This could be a place where a mass murder took place or maybe where witches gather to drink blood from goat skulls. The cover art is overlayed by a frosted sheet of Mylar, which gives the same illusion of fog that is contained in the music. It permeates everything. You only need to stop squinting and welcome it as part of the experience. Only then will you smell the brilliance.
Robert Burke spends much of his time lovingly crafting thematic music playlists at the Rhapsody Radish.
1. Last Return
2. In the Hospital
3. Drrrty Magneto
4. Sam Mickens' Dreams
5. Future, Forever (Until You Die)
6. Blood Tuning
7. Black Stockings
8. Lil' Half Dead
9. Lead to Gold in the Hour of Chaos