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137 : Wrecking Ball

A single is a short release (often only 10 to 15 minutes in length) centered around a particular track. 'Wrecking Ball' is an unusual version of a single since it's a DVDr: It contains only the video of the track 'Wrecking Ball', a song from their EP 'Force Controlled Culture'; it cost me a mere $3, making it more of a donation with a bonus than buying a product. A good idea if you ask me, and maybe the donation ends up covering the expenses of making the surprisingly professional looking video?

I know. By the look of the cover (that really doesn't exist, ) it looks like some really underground stuff. You'd never guess that the video might as well have been made by some mainstream "sellout"/"wholesaler" like Korn. That comparison is a bit unfair, though, since 'Wrecking Ball' is a really filthy sludgecore/doom metal track.

The music starts off with mid-paced to fast sludgecore, introducing their incredibly good head-banging sound with bouncing, almost stonerish riffage. The aggression just keeps building up, and even so the track has from the start entered into the category one could call "throat-cutting". The aggression is intercepted by a slow pounding, forcing ones rhythmic head motion towards the ground. I guess the word I'm looking for is neck-breaking. To top it all off you'll get rusty growls that will make your sideburns curl (actually vocalist's sideburns already have, thus proving my point).

The video is show in a green room with the band wearing all black. Flashing lights and the bombshelter feeling reminds me of Korn's 'Got the Light'. So if one was ever to want such a video with good music, then this is definately the right thing. If you've read the review of 'Force Controlled Culture' then you should know if this is for you, but in case you wanted a peek then they've released a taste here.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Wrecking Ball

Duration : Approx. 4 minutes.

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Reviewed on 25-04-2010 by Arnstein Petersen
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