EUNUCH: Self-titled: 7”

This record is a monstrosity. Bass and drum hardcore with distorted vocals held back enough in the mix for the vocalist to really tear into the microphone, and a fourth member credited as contributing only “feedback,” which I believe to actually be coming out of a guitar and not any sort of circuit-based noise generator. The result is something like the more realized Godstomper recordings with a lot more sludge influence. While the band provides many obvious nods to the forefathers of early power violence, the record is paced much more in the mid-tempo range, which makes the moments of blazing more surprising and articulate. Some sections are like the slower Man Is The Bastard or His Hero Is Gone songs, while the fast opening of “Carcasses” reminds me of Finnish jazz grind masters Cause For Effect. The aesthetic of the band falls somewhere between power violence and the “mysterious guy” trend, but remains ugly enough to ensure authenticity. Highly, highly recommended.

 –Ian Wise (Self-released)