Agoraphobic Nosebleed – Altered States of America

qb_80403_agoraphobic“Frozen Corpse Stuffed With Dope” was a creative slab of mechanized grind for sure, but the dominant dry shout of the vocals seemed out of place to me in the equation, detracting from my overall enjoyment of the album. Thankfully on “Altered States of America”, the screaming is far more acidic and mixed in with the maniacal yelling style, suiting the massive Entombed guitar tone meets uninhibited blip core perfectly. 99 tracks inhabit this petite 3″ CD as Agoraphobic assault the senses with atypical structures and insane tempo shifts, all accentuated with a collage of movie samples to further dement a sound that acts like random threats erupting from a malfunctioning robot who’s mission is to kill. “Altered States…” certainly isn’t something you’d want to sit down with and tap a toe along to, but strikes me as an abstract piece of extreme art that inspires tormented visions, set to a volatile musical backdrop. It can only get crazier from here and I’m sure it will. – Marty


~ by martyworm on January 2, 2009.

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