ANNIHILATION TIME: Cosmic Unconsciousness: 7"

Jul 23, 2007

Liked the first LP. Was okay with the second one. Live, they are freakin’ awesome. This 7”, in my opinion, blows away what I have heard previously of their recorded material. The full-on Black Flag / Blast worship meets dirty stoner rock with a love for the almighty Black Sabbath is fully achieved on the opening track “Reality?” That one is a five-plus minute concoction that doesn’t seem as long as it really is. Starts with a head banging intro that makes you want to smoke a joint and put your lighter in the air and I haven’t smoked pot in over twenty years. The song struts forward like a slap in the face with its Greg Ginn-like guitar assault. Then the songs go for the slow, sludgy breakdown in the middle so you can catch your breath or light up a new one. Before you can finish what you are doing, they go for one last hurrah to end the madness. I can’t wait to hear this song live. Two songs fill the backside that rock just as hard. If you can imagine the MC5 as a modern day punk band, then you can get a small idea of what they are like. If you are fortunate enough to see the band live and don’t feel moved by the music, you must be stoned.

 –don (Tankcrimes)