Posts Tagged ‘The Inarguable’
Posted on Thursday, August 16th, 2012
Lovingly pinched from The Inarguable: Vinyl reissue of the long gone debut tape from Minneapolis psych-droners Myrrh, here given a necessary remaster and an improved layout from Minneapolis label Soft Abuse.
This recording showcases the more obscure side of the Twin Cities music scene, and alongside Taiga, Soft Abuse is one of the finer suppliers of outre and brain-melting sounds our musical community offers.
Having recently played a show with Myrrh, I can attest to their incredibly crushing, dense, and narcoleptic soundscaping, and this LP release is a much-needed wider introduction to a band who deserve critical and popular appreciation beyond the sometimes narrow scope of Minneapolis ears.
Harnessing the awesome drone theatrics of Earth and melding them to the lobe-scraping expanse of vintage psychonauts like Trad, Gras, Och Stenar and Amon Duul, Myrrh simply force open the third eye by way of their mesmerizing viola / drum excursions into the great nothingness, creating fire out of sludge and carrying it down the mountain for the good of all.
For a duo, Myrrh froth up an astounding amount of sonic destructionism. The viola’s capabilities as a drone / pyschedelic instrument are on full display throughout, with Jackie Beckey‘s playing becoming something almost ritualistic across the record’s stretch.
Giant bowed lines collapse in on themselves and transform into scathing squalls of screaming feedback, transmissions from an ancient cosmos beamed into the listener’s linearity via intense distortions and significant amounts of delays and self-samplings.
Appreciators of Bardo Pond‘s more modern work will find many similarities to Myrrh’s approach as well as much to fall in love with; what the Philadelphia sludge-lords do with five members Myrrh easily achieve with only two.
Continue reading: The Inarguable: Myrrh – “Myrrh” (2012) [Soft Abuse]
Listen to Myrrh – Untitled 1 below.
Posted on Sunday, April 1st, 2012
Lovingly pinched from The Inarguable: Crown (two lovely French lads and their pet drum machine) do an excellent job of synthesizing the pounding, crushingly low trance of bands like Buried At Sea and YOB and a sort of post / post-black sound (shudder) without the abominable kitsch. Once you get ...read more
Posted on Sunday, February 5th, 2012
Lovingly pinched from The Inarguable: The Repetition is a difficult beast to wrangle. From the premier of Steve Reich’s Music for Eighteen Instruments, the new wave of post-modernity screamed “excessive minimalism” in praise of its stylistic progenitor. Of course, not many people could perfectly emulate Reich’s pulsing, shifting, harmonically dense ...read more
Posted on Tuesday, December 20th, 2011
Lovingly pinched from The Inarguable: Nothing beats a solid doom metal album. Remember that time you listened to Born Too Late? Of course you do; the classics are untouchable, but one needs to remember just how ambitious bands like St. Vitus, Pentagram, Trouble, and Black Sabbath were (fuck it, are). ...read more
Posted on Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
Lovingly pinched from The Inarguable: The days have inevitably grown shorter, the sun lazily rising much later in the day, only to retreat before the early evening. The Earth is shedding its vivacious fauna, only to cocoon itself in white, only to emerge anew the next season. The annual cycle ...read more
Posted on Thursday, December 1st, 2011
Lovingly pinched from The Inarguable: So here it is. Don’t lie, you’ve been impatiently waiting for this all year, too. The (what can only be described as) epic marriage between two of the world’s finest experimental entities, namely Chapel Hill, North Carolina’s blackened psychedelic monster Horseback and obscure Texas acid post-rock ...read more
Posted on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
Lovingly pinched from The Inarguable: If there were to be a book written on black metal’s presence in the US, an entire volume would be dedicated to the works of one Jef Whitehead, better known as the enigmatic Wrest. Between his solo work in Leviathan and Lurker of Chalice as ...read more
Posted on Friday, October 28th, 2011
Lovingly pinched from The Inarguable: Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of Quebecois experimental duo Menace Ruine, whose two most recent full-lengths of droning, noise-drenched, sophisticated martial folk have caught the eye of metal, neofolk, and noise fans alike. Before reading about Preterite‘s imminent album release ...read more
Posted on Thursday, July 28th, 2011
Lovingly pinched from The Inarguable: The Wolvserpent crew has always been a source of intrigue. As you all know by now, I’m a big fan of the duo of Blake Green and Brittany McConnell’s dark, “backwoods”-like doom, with their latest offering Blood Seed working its way onto my Top 10 ...read more
Posted on Monday, July 25th, 2011
Lovingly pinched from The Inarguable: There is no other band that sounds like Circle of Ouroborus. Hell, half the time they don’t even sound like themselves. From their onset, this mysterious Finnish duo made their mark with a unique, almost complacent-sounding take on the “punkier” side of black metal, paying ...read more