FUNCTIONAL BLACKOUTS / KK RAMPAGE: Split: 7″

The Functional Blackouts spit spite-filled lyrics over mid-tempo rhythms that remind of a slightly slower, more fucked up Feelers. “Uniform” is the standout and should have been first on their side of the split. KK Rampage has a bizarre, electronic sound that, as far as I can tell, is achieved without any keyboards. The first song, “Catering to the Tastes,” almost sounds like something one would hear in an industrial dance club. “Dark Powers Too” is a bit of a mind fuck, with a choir chanting backing vocals Greek chorus style. The guitars are harsh, the lead vocals are delivered in blood curdling scream fashion, and I can imagine that any serial killer who heard this would have a new favorite band.

 –benke (Big Neck)