BASTARD NOISE, THE / ENDLESS BLOCKADE, THE: The Red List: CD

Bastard Noise is sounding more like later period Man Is The Bastard. As though they’re picking up where they left off with “Thoughtless”: signature bass domination from Wood, with blasts of electronic noise from Nelson. They veer off path with “USA Today,” which is more of a soundscape and really suffers from too long of a duration, and “Underworld” which segues from “Mutant World of Shame.” This has its moments, but this group is capable of doing better. The Endless Blockade, as always, destroy. They’re delving more into the noise similar to Bastard Noise on here as well. “Deuteronomy” is a bit of an epic, with some of the headiest lyrics I’ve yet to encounter in the underground music scene—religion, politics, manipulation all in one song. “Advance Directive” sounds like a song on fast forward and looped, and “Model 49 Rebreather” is an exercise in noise and endurance.

 –M.Avrg (20 Buck Spin, 20buckspin.com)