Little Trouble, Big China

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Got sent to China for work in late August, got back last week and have finally finished adjusting.  Crazy country , that’s all I got to say about that.

Anyway, lets talk about what I bothered to listen to over those couple weeks on foreign soil.

PUNCH/”They Don’t Have to Believe” – Vicious hardcore punk served in efficient doses. A female-fronted powerhouse that is now sadly defunct, this album rips through you from start to finish with snarling commentary and neck-snapping riffs. Smash, flail, cry, scream.

Inter Arma/”Paradise Gallows” – Bought this one on an impulse since I vaguely knew the name and really liked the cover art. It is a dense fucking beast of an album, an intricately carved monolith of something other than obsidian. There is some supremely weird shit that goes down over these 11 tracks but damn, I had a good time.

Dot/”Erratica” – As much as I’ve grown up listening to rock and metal, a good chunk of that time has been spent behind another fence of hip-hop/electronic/etc. I’ve always had a deep love for Lebowski  instrumentals and “Erratica” is no exception. Chill, smooth backing tracks with excellent compositions and samples, this got me through more than one airport.

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