Sounds Like Hell: Anatomy of Habit
Sounds Like Hell is an irregular feature on noise rock.
of Habit carry themselves with the same seriousness as Neurosis, which
is to say that this is a group of people who do not fuck around when it
comes to their craft. When I first saw them supporting Pelican in their
native Chicago two years ago, that was what stood out: the religiosity
of their musical expression, as though the music was part of a larger,
So it’s fitting that ‘Radiate and Recede’, the first of two tracks from their forthcoming LP Ciphers + Axioms,
proceeds with like a netherworld hymn. While Neurosis flourish on
catharsis and release, Anatomy of Habit prefer to let tension bubble to
the point of listener discomfort. Mark Solotoroff’s doesn’t so much sing
or speak as he delivers emotionless incantations over snarling guitars
and dual percussionists who sound like they’re shattering glass with
every beat. This is uneasy listening, equal parts beautiful and
distressing, meticulous and psychologically draining, the way
challenging art should be.