Monday, December 11, 2006

Noothgrush: "Erode The Person"

Kings of sludge, Noothgrush, just released their second collection of tracks recorded in 1997-1998. Some tracks were previously unreleased, but most are from 7"s, splits, tour CD's, and various other formats. They broke up in 2001, and unfortunately, I don't think I picked up anything of theirs until that point--I usually don't find out about sweet bands until they are already broken up.

The disc starts out with "A People Defeated Will Never Be United" which is definitive Noothgrush, funky rhythms and guitar-work slowly trudging along with vocals that you can tell are for real--unlike a lot of the "screamy" bands gracing the TV screens and magazines today who simply turn the volume up on some throaty whispers. For a collection this one, and the first, "Failing Early, Failing Often vol. 1" definitely fit together like an album. If you didn't investigate further than popping the CD you wouldn't know that this was a collection of a couple years' worth of material spread across a handful of releases.

It's a slow, doomy, depressing tribute to the idea that things will only get worse, and that we are all a part of the problem. Definitely one of the best sludge bands ever--this CD is chock full o' classic sludge hits.

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