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Sloth (US) : Messages in Samsara

Can the content of this LP be called music? It does have a repetitive rhythm, but mostly you'll find some sort of noise tinged with krautrock and electronica.

I'd just like to point out one thing before I begin reviewing the music: That I've split the release into seven tracks is an arbitrary choice that I've made based on the silences on the record. For instance it might well be that the band considers what I've labeled as the first track (a spoken intro) to be a part of what I've labeled as the second. Moreover, there is the possibility that this is all supposed to be one single track. The tracklist posted below is therefore no more than my own guesswork.

'Messages in Samsara' is Sloth's third release where all the covers are made different. (The two former were the 'Boulder/Sloth Split' and 'XV'.) This one-sided LP features lots of glitter glued onto a standard vinyl cover which has been painted in various colors. The feeling that my copy is uniquely mine truly appeals to the collector in me.

I'm not sure whether the content of the LP can be called music. It does have a repetitive rhythm, but mostly you'll find some sort of noise tinged with krautrock and electronica. As a fan of their absurdly silly stuff and their humping doom/sludge, this just doesn't cut it for me. You can hear some of their trademark retardation, but not enough. There's no real vocals, just an occasional growl which is utterly distorted. Actually, I'm not 100% sure that they are vocals at all. I'd imagine noise fans would enjoy this as 'Messages in Samsara' is less monotone than most bands in that genre. But, ultimately that is still why this doesn't fit my ears - as the whole noise genre doesn't fit them either, unless you make something truly exceptional - and, while varied, this LP still doesn't make that mark.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. [untitled]
2. [untitled]
3. [untitled]
4. [untitled]
5. [untitled]
6. [untitled]
7. [untitled]

Duration : Approx. 20 minutes.

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Reviewed on 25-10-2010 by Arnstein Petersen
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