ARTIMUS PYLE: Self-titled: 7″

I’ve been listening to more Black Sabbath lately, and for the first time in my life, I think it’s finally seeping in. I skip the trippy songs. That makes the listening easier for me. While they aren’t the fastest band in the world, Sabbath can sure make songs heavy. Artimus Pyle – although by way of crusty punk instead of acid rock – have developed a similar sensibility. When they slow down, they don’t screech to a halt, they just dig in deeper and let the sickness settle. They have the uncanny ability to be both atmospheric and then thrust a knife to the listener’s throat. I’ve also read a lot about World War I and there’s something very trench warfare, mustard gas, bayonet, gangrene about how Artimus Pyle sound. It’s dirty business. There’s a lot of hand-to-hand combat. The songs are creepy and dark without being formulaic or cheesy. Very listenable, much how Tragedy is.

 –todd (Prank)