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Wolf Eyes Burned Mind

Reviewing: Sub Pop Wolf Eyes Burned Mind  |  Rating:
By jimmyb on
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While the Wolf Eyes catalog is very prolific and the members have a lot of solo output, this is one of their major releases on the Sub Pop recording label.

I listened to this record on a crappy broken turntable in mono many times with great joy. When I finally heard the actual CD version on a half-way decent pair of stereo speakers, I was ecstatic. While not as experimental as some of their other work, it is a great album to be introduced to power electronics or noise. It is not a difficult listen as most noise tends to be. John Olsen’s drum sequencing, while minimal has just the right amount of beats, not competing for sonic territory. Visceral sonic-territory is explored in “Stabbed in the Face”, one of the albums top highlights; the syncopation of the screeching at the beginning of the track is just amazing. Aberrated textures are strewn throughout the album. The records emotion is definitely homogenous but it definitely packs a punch, it’s even cathartic. The song titles are ostensibly bleak but the music definitely isn’t.

Make no mistake, this is a good album but the astute noise fan would definitely pick this up. It’s noise; it’s harsh and dissonant. It might even give you a headache if you’re not accustomed to it. Still this is a great album and recorded excellently at The Key Club Recording Company, in Benton Harbor, Michigan.