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+ Wolf Eyes - Human Animal
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+ Excepter - Alternation
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+ M Ward - Post-War
+ Various Artists - Touch 25
+ The Mountain Goats - Get Lonely
+ The White Birch - Come Up For Air
+ Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of This Country
+ Coachwhips - Double Death
+ Various Artists - Tibetan And Bhutanese Instrumental And Folk Music, Volume 2
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+ Cex - Actual Fucking
+ Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche
+ Leafcutter John - The Forest And The Sea
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+ Peaches - Impeach My Bush
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+ The Court & Spark - Hearts
+ TV On The Radio - Return To Cookie Mountain
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+ Jenny Wilson - Love And Youth
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+ The Moore Brothers - Murdered By The Moore Brothers
+ Regina Spektor - Begin To Hope
+ The 1900s - Plume Delivery EP
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+ Function - The Secret Miracle Fountain
+ Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped
+ Loscil - Plume
+ Boris - Pink
+ Deadboy And The Elephantmen - We Are Night Sky
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+ Various Artists - Songs For Sixty Five Roses
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Wolf Eyes
Burned Mind
Sub Pop

By the time that whole 12K/Line crew of ultra-ultra-ultra-minimalists had taken noise to some sort of wholly holy level in which atonalism equated to the angelic hum of fluorescent light buzz, in that glow you could feel the blow of changing winds and changing pop-cultural whims. As the new millennium ticked over in a computer-compliant haze of tasteful laptop tonalism, you could feel both the angry young kids and the crusty old vets longing for the return of some, well, noisy noise. The years since haven't let the team down, either, and, whilst there've been grand-scale/grandstanding capital-e events proclaiming the glories of (a) musical violence/theatrics — the Merzbow Merzbox, the Throbbing Gristle reunion — the greatest barometer of this sea change has been the terrifying ascent of dissolute dread/dead-zone zombies Wolf Eyes. Hailing from Detroit, the combo arose in the wake of a mid-'90s Motor City scene (see: The GI & The Spykes, The Thin Ensemble, Universal Indians) that the NME never wrote about. Nate Young first Frankensteined Wolf Eyes to life in the dingiest depths of such a setting, marrying guttural hominid howls to droning paleo-techno thud programmed at the most painfully slow pace. With longtime friends John Olson and Aaron Dilloway (vets of the above parenthesised acts) brought on board on reel-to-reel tapes and home-fried electronics, the trio transmogrified into an "electronics transformation" outfit.

Using the same sort of musical idiom as Finnish macho-techno micro-tonalists Pan Sonic — remorseless, inhumane beats, thudding lifelessly in an ambient "wasteland" — Wolf Eyes seem more in league with a different set of Scandinavian extremists, appealing to the same sort of primal nihilism that the church-burning Burzumites of Norway's nascent black-metal movement tapped into in the mid-'90s, their sludge-toned slowed-down grind sounding like a strung-out scream of helpless anguish every bit the metal-esque cry of rage. Blessed with the aesthetic of the down-home scene they'd grown from, the combo made their name issuing unending runs of limited cassettes, collectors now eBaying at the moon for the chance to own some of the precious missives eked out in those early days when Wolf Eyes were first learning to crawl. Following on from the strangely psychedelic/kraut-like mantras of Dead Hills, the outfit made the grandest step in their unlikely crossover, signing to Sub Pop. But, in a classic non-careerist move, Wolf Eyes've used their breadwinning/bread-making opportunity to retreat further into the shadowiest recesses of their home-studio cave; calling Burned Mind "by far (our) most unlistenable thing yet." Clocking in at 31 vicious minutes and breaking their blasts of audio-terrorism into short "song-like" sequences, the set take their haunted-house shtick to frightening extremes. It's the actual musical match to those photos of disembodied corpses that used to adorn album sleeves by the likes of Brujeria, Bloodduster, Pungent Stench et al. back in the death-metal day.

by Anthony Carew

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