Saturday, February 28, 2009

Agoraphobic Nosebleed - Altered States of America (V)

Agoraphobic Nosebleed is obnoxious and irreverent. While this mini-CD is something of a classic grind record with its 100 tracks, a lot of it is, frankly, shit. A lot of it is really enjoyable inhuman-speed drum machine grind, quick blips of songs like they should be. But it seems like Agoraphobic Nosebleed spends half the time on pure filler - not a problem on most 20-minute CDs. Dozens of tracks consist of random rants about drugs and Japanese terrorists and how much the band hates homosexuals and black metal.

We won't go into the irony of homophobia in a band and genre so amazingly obsessed with the anus and anal sex. But seriously, I don't buy records for a dozen tracks in sequence of some guy yelling over soft noise. Unless it actually sounds good. Which this doesn't.

I don't really like it, but I might if their lyrics didn't show them to be fucking shitty human beings, or at the very least if they didn't waste my time (it seems absurd to start getting bored around the 50th track on something so short) with bland filler tracks. I'll try something else (maybe that PCP Torpedo/ANbRX remix album), and maybe it'll be worth the second chance. But please, if you ever consider challenging this blast of sound, leave out the crap and stick to grind.

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