This is one of the absolute best records I have ever heard. A bold statement, and I would not make it if weren’t true. I have been listening to, and involved in, punk and post-punk for well over thirty years, so I can be a bit jaded on what is and isn’t good. This album is great—something so great that nothing else is allowed to get in the way. Put the record on, get out the lyric booklet, and just listen. Post-punk akin to bands like Joy Division, early Section 25, The Mob, Crisis, and others. They cover the Cannanes (“Blue Skies over the Ocean”), so use that as part of your guide. Minimalist, yet so much is going on with texture and atmosphere. “Toonie,” which has now become one of my all-time favorite songs, will pummel you with its raucous beat and urgent delivery. “Nausea” will just blow you away. The aforementioned Cannanes cover will have you believing that life is wonderful (despite the darkness that seeps out of this music and somewhat droll vocal delivery). The way the ender “Sinkhole” comes in is perfect. It has a different texture than the dark, train engine beat of “Hurricane.” It really stands out with its fuller sound and tempo that builds and builds. Had this come out thirty-five years ago, it would have been on a label like 4AD, Factory, or Rough Trade. So many are attempting this sound these days, and there are some really good bands, but Diät are the leaders and the high standard that the rest should take notes from.
–M.Avrg (Iron Lung, lifeironlungdeath.blogspot.com, [email protected])