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137 : Force Controlled Culture

Not much has changed in the music of 137 since their previous EP, 'Product Of The Environment'. The track 'Slug' is even a re-recording of the track that originally appeared on that EP. The 'In Vain (pt. 1 - Midnight)' track also has a demo version on the split with Elusive Travel. The major difference is that this time around they are signed and the recording has a slightly better sound.

The cover art, with all it's critisism of society, reminds me more of something I'd expect from a punk band. However 137 seems to stand for many such opinions and write socially conscious lyrics. They just play them together with chugging sludge/doom instead. This creates another more savage and brutal context for the lyrics, enforcing their negativity.

Expect mid paced sludge/doom with influences from both Grief and Eyehategod. You can also expect a certain fuzzy groove, which increases the headbang potential. I especially like the way that they have pushed the bass up front a bit as it gives the music more feeling. Overall they are quite accessible for their genre, rather than focusing on being extremely filthy like many other bands do.

This release is somewhat short and that drags it down a bit. Still it doesn't cost much and you get decent music on it. One thumb up for this one.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Wrecking Ball
2. Force Controlled Culture (F.C.C.)
3. In Vain (pt. 1 - Midnight)
4. Slug

Duration : Approx. 20 minutes

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Reviewed on 08-04-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
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