HUNT, THE: One Thousand Nights: 7″

I’m a little confused here. The cover has no title or band logo on it. The photo is of a gentleman in Indian garb and makeup holding a spear. But on his right arm looks, it looks like he has a tattoo of the skull from Discharge’s The Price of Silence 7”. The back cover reminded me like something I saw on a The Lords of the New Church record; something about the layout and the use of spears as images. Musically, the band plays an early brand of death rock that is multi-layered. The drumming is very tribal and aural while it holds the backbeat without the use of an added drum machine. The bass guitar adds to the emotion and the bottom end to keep things tied together. The guitarist is the one stealing the show here, playing notes on the guitar to accent the rhythm of the song or to standout completely away from what the underlying song may be. Sounding very bright and reverby, the music would be lost without it. The vocals sounded very Robert Smith/Cure to me, but that’s not a bad thing since it works well here. Not half bad.

 –don (Monster Squad, www.monstersquadnyc.com)