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Lords of Bukkake : Desagravio

From start to finish, I can say that this new album by Lords of Bukkake is absolutely unpleasant. That is, unpleasant in the best possible way.

It's been a while since I last heard from the sick Spanish masters three years to be precise. There were no news or anything, so I was beginning to think that perhaps the band was as dead as a stuffed parrot. Then this album came into my mailbox and, upon first listening to the opening riff of 'Boca Acida', I knew that the corpse still had some life left in it.

Actually, those riffs are quite strange-sounding: cold and fluttering, they seem somewhat out of place on a Sludge record, reminding me more of what Bauhaus used to display in their early days. But don't worry, your classic sick gloom crawls in right after this curious start. As usual, Toni Querol does a fine job with a voice that sounds as though he was out to try his new knives on your skin. The production manages to bring some more dirt to the surface, not unlike what Steve Albini used to do: actually, the album does have a few hints of The Jesus Lizard in it, which should please any fan of madness incarnated in noise. And its no wonder, considering that this album was mastered by none other than James Plotkin, the high priest of aural dirt.

From start to finish, I can say that this album is absolutely unpleasant. That is, unpleasant in the best possible way. The band manages to switch with ease from a droning sound to a crushing wave of psychedelia before mercilessly piercing your eardrums with tortured high-pitched shrieks. This is the kind of unrelenting wave of noise and despair that makes the listen such a painful, yet enjoyable, experience. Perhaps the best thing with Desagravio is that it's highly addictive: despite the drug-induced sickness that their music provides, the Spanish guys still have delivered an album that is never boring, and I've always felt the urge to spin it again and again once it was over. Three years was a long time to wait, but it was worth it. You'd better be well prepared before diving into the abyss that is Desagravio.

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Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Boca Acida
2. Hereditaria
3. Relente
4. Desagravio

Duration : Approx. 48 minutes

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Reviewed on 2013-05-16 by Laurent Lignon
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