Widow stays true to its formula
By Brian Krasman
Published: Friday, July 19, 2013, 8:57 p.m.
True Widow (Relapse)
The third full-length from Dallas' excellent True Widow doesn't really expand on its slurry, hazy sound all that much, but that's fine. When you have a formula that works as well as True Widow's does (think a burlier Sonic Youth), you don't mess with it, and hte band doesn't.
While True Widow may seem an oddball addition to Relapse's hellacious roster, it works just fine there, especially since the band truly deserves the added exposure. Dan Phillips and Nicole Estill remain a mesmerizing one-two punch trading vocals, and they come up with magic on “Creeper,” “Four Teeth,” and “Numb Hand.”
Grumbling Fur (Thrill Jockey)
Grumbling Fur's weird space pop and drone continue to morph into the bizarre on its second record “Glynnaestra,” an album that might take some time to sink in for the uninitiated but should thrill followers of this band and its members' other projects.
The duo of Daniel O'Sullivan (Ulver) and Alexander Tucker (Aethenor) make mesmerizing prog-fueled goodness, and there's plenty to absorb here from zapping and blippy “Protogenesis” to Brit-folk-heavy “Ballad of Roy Batty” (for all you “Blade Runner fans) to the elegant shadows of “Galacticon.” Really fun.
‘Nothing Violates This Nature'
All Pigs Must Die (Southern Lord)
Sometimes you have had such a bad day that the only thing that can satisfy is leveling your house with a chainsaw. Or you can take on All Pigs Must Die's venomous second record that sounds like a machine war in hell.
The band's combo of vicious hardcore, D-beat fury, and black metal always goes down well after a particularly frustrating stretch of time, and there's enough cataclysmic chaos here to fill your blood with menace, including “Silencer,” “Bloodlines,” and “Faith Eater”. You can vicariously release all your tension simply by listening to this beast. Hails.
Brian Krasman is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.
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