XBRAINIAX: Deprogrammed: CD-R

This is a West Coast tour-only advance copy of a full length yet to be released. Being already familiar with this band, I kinda knew what to expect. Or at least I thought I knew. To help put things into perspective, let’s consider the fact that they recently released a collection CD of all their previously released material and it all adds up to ninety nine songs from an EP, several splits and compilations. There are only fourteen songs on this CD. The first of which is not the ten second beat down I was expecting. More like a two and a half minute jam with a steady drum beat (which is unusual given their track record.) After that song, forget it. The songs explode into a frenzy of blastcore and thrash that has not been this entertaining to listen to since Spazz. They love to keep you guessing. The second (and I do mean second) you wrap your brain around a blast part or guitar riff, it’s over and the song morphs into an entirely different being. Like an amoeba of powerviolence. Right after they’re done slapping you silly with their speed, they decide to slow down and drag your unconscious body through a dark, smelly hallway of an apartment building once inhabited by members of Grief and Noothgrush for a good ten minutes on the last track. They recently came through town and regrettably, I missed them. You, however, should not miss out on one of the best powerviolence releases in years.

 –Juan Espinosa (Self-released, no contact info)