Saturday, November 30, 2013

Corrections House : " Last City Zero"

Its odd to form a super groups comprised only of front men, but that is what this project of sludge forefathers has done. It's members include Scott Kelly of Neurosis, Mike Williams of Eyehategod, Bruce Lamont of Yakuza and Sanford Parker Nachtmystium and Minsk. It opens much like you would expect an industrial tinged jam between these bands to go. Obviously the percussive elements is not the projects focus or one of them would have brought along their drummer.It is more organic than I expected it would feel.

Mike Williams handles most of the screaming , spoken words elements like this is the Doors if they had come from the heroin ghettos of New Orleans rather than San Francisco. Thing do show a more Ministry side on "Bullets and Graves" which hammers in with more focus of the grim wretch Eyehategod styled singing, which when I hear it here tells me Eyehategod was obviously an influence on Nachtmystium. The vocals are filtered through a distortion, rather than relying on just Williams acidic throat. The song is pretty straight forward. The album does have a many shades to it, "Party Leg and Three Fingers" has almost a Through Silver and Blood feel to it, very apocalyptic with the programmed drums firing off life guns behind Kelly's ominous playing.Being one of the main creative forces behind Neurosis Kelly had perfected the art of the heavy drone back when Sunno))) was still studying their Black Sabbath albums.

The guitar takes on more of a Death In June strum on " Run Through the Night" Lamont's sax haunts the background where it lurks for most of the album, with Kelly handling most of the actual singing , in more of a Nick Cave like baritone. The industrial feeling gurgles up from the bleak sonic landscape of "Dirt Poor and Mentally Ill". It drone on the verse riff with a little dynamic , just Williams screaming low in the mix, the drum machines here could have stood to have cranked even with the guitars, the riff doesn't wander into more melodic places until about halfway into the song, when a spoken word section comes in.It shifts slightly under neath the rant.Pushing agenda harder than even Skinny Puppy who at least keeps their's coated in creepiness.

"Hallows of the Stream" feels more like an interlude than an actual song. The title track is another spoken word social rant , which is heavy handed lyrically but alright for what it is."Drapes Hung By Jesus" closes the album out, after some ambient noise it chugs into an industrial groove that support Lamont's sax solo, which takes its biggest step into the spot light before some more angry spoken word section arise. I'll give this album an 8, as its well crafted even though the spoken words parts just don't do it for me they sound like Malcom X's take on Acid Bath lyrics. But this album is worth checking out if you are a fan of any of the bands whose members contribute to this.

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