The SEVENTH GATE - AOTTMLHDYETP? CD
Satan Rock Records
I picked this up at an ADMIRAL BROWNING show earlier this year. There were a bunch laid out on the club's bar for people to pick up along with a Satan Rock Records CD compilation. The SEVENTH GATE throw everything at you including a filthy bathroom sink from a crustie punk's squat house. The basic formula here is Powerviolence, extremely fast like a cheetah late for a meal. Or painfully slow like the current of a sludge filled river. But that's not to pigeonhole this band of psychos. There's also plenty of industrial blasts and progressive experimentation to keep one's attention excited. The vocals vary between Death Metal barks and growls to Hardcore tormented banshee screams. All of which is appropriately recorded at primitive levels in order to keep with authenticity of the genre. By the way this was mastered by some guy named Bill Wolf who's no relation to me. This dink wins for sheer audio extremism and it's something I would never have picked up on a whim. An over the top professional recording would ruin this. It's definitely a throwback to 1989/91 when the Powerviolence scene on the Left coast was running at full bore. Unfortunately this was released last year, no wonder they were given away for free at the show.