Since I’ve been strolling down power violence memory lane lately I figured I would revisit another classic SLAP-A-HAM release, the legendary split between CROSSED OUT and MAN IS THE BASTARD.
Back in the early 90s recording a 7″ was really expensive (read: hundreds of dollars), and since people in bands are generally broke-ass losers, they usually ended up doing it the cheapest way possible. That netted out in a lot of records that could have been good if not for the awful ’4 track in our practice space’ production, but it also gave us a few gems that actually benefited from the raw sound. The CROSSED OUT side of this 7″ is one example:
I definitely feel like PV fggts are sleeping on CROSSED OUT, especially this release which is imo their best– mostly because of the incredibly horrible production (srs). The muffled fuzziness and distorted vocals that sound like they’re melting the tape make it sound even more pissed off than their 7″, and even though I can’t make out a word he’s saying it makes me want to kill somebody! I also love the snare sound, especially the part at 2:35 where it sounds like a lawn sprinkler.
This may rustle some jimmies, since I know power violence dorks and tumblrbros jock them p hard these days, but I kind of hate MITB. The majority of their music is either too boring, too weird, or not brutal enough for me, and they were/are very very very strange, offputting guys (imagine if the Unabomber started a band, basically). But I do love their tracks on this record, which are just a bit more twisted, dark and fucked up than the rest of their catalog- it basically sounds like 70s progressive jazz with shitty power violence production:
Their first song is a noise track called “SOIG,” which confused me greatly when I bought this in 10th grade. The 7″ is not labeled, and I couldn’t figure out whether it was supposed to be 45 or 33. The rest of the songs also seemed to work on both speeds :(
“Instantly Bent” is my favorite track on here, which I will describe by quoting myself: “a long, sludgy intro riff followed by what sounds like an out-of-context sample from a jazz song, like if you took 2 seconds from the end of a Jack Dejohnette solo and looped it a few times.”
I have no idea what “Snake Apartment” is about, but knowing MITB I am sure it’s some obscure reference or allegory to something about how fuked up da system is. Since they did not include lyrics, I will just pretend it’s about a snake getting loose in someone’s apartment, since that is a much less annoying topic.