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Noothgrush : Embraced By The Anti Self

'Embraced by the Anti Self' is a nearly nine and a half minute long auditory representation of self-contempt. These two tracks are as filthy, raw, and grudgy as doom/sludge can be. They are proof that Noothgrush knew how to worship Grief properly; in fact, Noothgrush would come to surpass their idols in pure uglyness. However, in this early 7" you'll find a band who still tread in the footsteps already trodden by their predecessor. So, you could say that 'Stasis' and 'Dianoga' are simply two top notch Grief tracks made by someone else.

I really like the way the intro of 'Dianoga' describes the music of Noothgrush: "...Do you have a loud song which you can sing when you're angry. This is a song that says, 'I'm angry. I'm very, very angry.'" Truly an appropriate description of any of their songs as anger convulses through just about everything that they ever made.

As a side note, a dianoga is a horrid, squid-like creature from the Star Wars universe. What that has to do with anything is beyond me and the lyrics doesn't reveal anything either. I guess this is a creature chosen as a metaphor for a useless and abhorrent existence. (The same goes for the noothgrush, which is something that lives on your toothbrush, according to Dr. Seuss.)

Not many copies were made of this 7", but yet I managed to get it for around $5 on eBay. I've also seen other copies for sale there several times since I bought mine. Thus, I guess it still won't be that hard to get hold of for a reasonable buck. If you do chance upon such a find and enjoy the self-loathing of oldschool doom/sludge, then I can but recommend that you spend those few bucks on it. You only get those nine minutes, but they're worth it.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Stasis
2. Dianoga

Duration : Approx. 9 minutes.

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Reviewed on 25-06-2010 by Arnstein Petersen
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