Written by: Christopher R. Weingarten
Bloodyminded, Within the Walls (BloodLust!)
Long-standing power-electronics fang-sharpeners go the Wolf Eyes route for a couple of songs here ("All the Cities
are Occupied," Locrian cover "Inverted Ruins"), often opting for
desolate landscapes instead of the confrontational blast of their last
album, in 2006, which opened with a song called "Visiting an
Ex-Girlfriend in the Hospital (AIDS Ward)." These tracks create
dissonance — not in a harsh way, but in a low-key,
lightweight-nauseating way, Davy Jones music of creaking boards and
blackened seas and sounds that swell and fall. In the more grueling
parts, the five members create a dense tapestry of swirling feedback,
and a multiple-vocal assault they say is inspired by bands like Extreme
Noise Terror and Crass. The rest depends on your tolerance for
Whitehouse-gone-Pantera yells of "Repentence! Humiliation! Confession!
Shame! Regret! Guilt! Shame! Regret! Guilt!"