Mammal - Lonesome Drifter

>> Wednesday, July 2, 2008

"Mammal is not about extremity of sound any longer; he's about extremity of mood. Desolation is the key Beauvais has chosen, and he never strays from it. From the opening drum machine kick of "Repulsion,” echoing as it does into a flat void, the listener is made aware that the place being entered is a troubled one. When the raunchy, stillborn Tony Iommi guitar chord comes crashing down, not long after the maimed rhythm hobbles out onto the deserted back-lot, ruined factory yard or wherever it is that this psycho-drama of an album takes place, the effect is crippling, and there's really no return. Beauvais plays up the heavy-metal riffage, teasing it out but never delivering it. The riff is intense, wrecked inertia, moving briefly into distorted blast or into cone-razing rumble – forward seems like an unknown direction. "The Drift" uses the same skeleton crew of riff and rhythm, the kick-kick snare-snare snare pattern the tune rests on is so stark that it's mocking itself, staring at its own shriveled reflection in the mirror, pointing and laughing in derision, in great sweeping bass-billowing howls."

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2 comments:

Khaosz[] July 3, 2008 at 2:43 AM  

This album is absolutely meszmerizing, fans of Drone Doom should get this asap.

Roger Camden July 5, 2008 at 12:49 AM  

I second the recommendation.
Great stuff.

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