Agoraphobic Nosebleed — Frozen Corpse Stuffed with Dope
(Relapse RR 6530, 2002, CD)
by Mike McLatchey, Published 2017-01-05
If Agitation Free shows up the sunny side, this practically EP-length release from the experimental grindcore outfit Agoraphobic Nosebleed is the grimy underbelly of music as high art. I'll go on record as not being much of a grindcore fan — the style itself is really stripped down to core elements and without a lot of exposure basically sounds the same from one album to the next (which to be fair can be true of a lot of unfamiliar musical genres). The tendency is to extremely short songs, often no more than 90 seconds, that are true releases of rage and anger, screaming over blast beats, quick pauses and then off to the races again. Agoraphobic Nosebleed managed to make the style much more interesting without really losing its core sound by using electronics, samples, a tendency to mow through any sort of sane boundaries while never losing a sound sense of humor. There are even songs and song fragments in the mix that help create catchier moments that make the music all that much more listenable if you can stand inside this kind of hurricane. And a hurricane it is, with some pieces so fast paced that they are probably close to impossible to play without drum machines. In my opinion the collective never came close to topping this utterly insane, deranged album. But what fun...
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