BLACKBELT BAND, THE: A New Community: CD

The Blackbelt Band plays very messy, minimalist post-punk that uses a variety of acoustic and electric instrumentations simultaneously. I think they aim to be haunting, but the wannabe sophisticated pretension is instead hauntingly annoying. It’s certainly a complex, multi-layered sound, but two-thirds of the layers are comprised by shit and vomit. What seem like disconnected, disparate sounds never connect on this release. I’m almost intrigued by the sheer audaciousness of people who think that others might enjoy their failed experimentation. They’d almost have to be black belts to put this garbage out there.

 –Art Ettinger (ADD/Kiss Of Death)