VICTIMS FAMILY: Apocalicious: CD

This is a monstrous, thundering barrage of industrialized sound that comes uncannily close to capturing the explosive musical essence of an action-packed, violence-strewn video game. The apocalyptic guitar strafings threateningly loom large within a murderously rampaging mix of nuclear-charged synthesizer expulsions, tribal barrel-pounding drum beats, and a bass that furiously rumbles along like a division of panzer tanks. The vocals are loopy, psychotic, and confrontational without being hostile and full of testosterone-fuelled rage. If ya want comparisons, I’m vaguely reminded of Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Rollins Band, I Against I-era Bad Brains, and even a bit of Faith No More in spots. But, then, with its intricate jazzy undercurrents surging throughout, I’d almost surmise that an intergalactic Miles Davis dervish has possessed the sonic soul of Victims Family and tainted their blood with radioactive alien-mutant hemoglobin. Damn, this is difficult to categorize ‘cause it’s so undeniably unique, flamboyant, loud, and lively – just plain out oozing an inimitable style unto itself! Here’s to a hefty dose of aural originality in the form of Victims Family… -Roger Moser, Jr.

 –guest (Alternative Tentacles)