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Death Of Marats 2nd LP re-interprets no-wave for 2002
17 May 2002
Phoenix, Arizona cold-core three piece Death Of Marat play super-intense, super-insistent no-wave/hardcore. It is not for the faint of earsyoull find nary a trace of sugar coating aimed at inviting or appeasing the critic or the potential fan. This is acid-washed-to-the-bone, sand-blasted passion.
Despite all that, their new album All Eyes Open, released 9 April with limited distribution on Atlantas shop-cum-label Stickfigure Records, is a highly positive communication. You see, it isnt that theyve stripped away melodic niceties in an effort to offend (those offended, of course, will make their own conclusions); its simply that theyve committed themselves to purity of purpose in expressing a rather iconoclastic musical vision. The resulting effect is as riveting as it is alien.
With songs that blend into each other and repeat each others themescoming across almost as some post-post-industrial operaAll Eyes Open is far more of a piece & more focused than their 2000 debut, The Shattered (still available from Boulders Satellite Transmissions label). It is nearly as though the band took a look at that first albums mixed reviews and concluded that the rift between praisers and detractors wasnt wide enough.
With Mike Julianos guitar and John Brandons bass competing for the title of most percusssive instrument against Jef Wrights aggressive drums, All Eyes Open is almost entirely anti-melodic. Wrights disaffected, chilling vocals, often heard through metallic reverb, are scarcely human. Its party music for the robots that subdue humanity in the year 3000.
Death Of Marats esoteric name comes from a painting depicting the tragic end of 18th century French-Swiss revolutionary journalist Jean Paul Marat. Their new album will probably appeal to you if you enjoyed Tuxedo Moon in the 70s, Head Of David in the 80s, or Fugazi in the 90s. Four bites out of five.
Rockbites ratings 5: life changing, 4: stunning, 3: captivating, 2: amusing, 1: annoying.
All Eyes Open is still a bit hard to find. For now your best bet is Insound: check our link.
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