BLACKS, THE: Last: 7"

Jul 23, 2009

"Mutate Radiate" is so full of sludge-slippery, fuzzy, lo-fi venom that's cleansing in its absolute dirtiness. I can't but help to think of the best bits of Mudhoney, hacked apart like in a slasher movie, quickly reassembled into a slightly different, more bloody monster. "Take This Town" is akin to the racket of the Civic Minded Five, where the constant abrasion acts like sand paper to metal – unexpectedly shiny – and it makes sense because the song is always moving forward instead of spinning its wheels in mud. Two fine cuts.

 –todd (Chemical Valley)