Label: Rocket Recordings - LAUNCH103 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: UK & Europe • Genre: Rock • Style: Psychedelic Rock, Heavy Metal, Sludge Metal
The pig has several connotations. Most civilisations and cultures have seen them as arbiters of fertility, virility, strength and abundance. The Buddhist tradition swings the other way, seeing the pig as ignorant, illusory, greedy, lustful. Other religions see them as unclean. Then there is the Celtic fable of Manannan, who owned a herd of pigs that never dwindled — they were forever replenishing their numbers. I could go on. The point is that the pig is multifaceted and almost indefinable — a shifting construct for people to hang their hopes and fears on.
It is also a heave bag of flesh that wallows in mud and shit all day until taken to the slaughterhouse. And to predictably muddy the waters further, they bring another Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Feed The Rats into the mix, one with even stronger connotations — but much clearer in intent.
But there is relentlessness here, a flayed aggression, which Ozzy et al could never muster. And what a cacophony it is — the guitars come at you predictably but with a Juggernaut force that rattles the ribcage. This is classic 70s heavy metal deep-fried in iron and blood. The dirge is certainly hypnotic yet forcefully so — abrasive and unfettered, yet with a sense of control that only gods and madmen can even attempt to reign in. The amped storm and demonic drumming in the second half of this track is my favourite part of this album — always threatening to destroy each other, entwined and furious, not unlike a rat king at fever pitch.
Starts off with the quiet Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Feed The Rats stoner-rock muffled guitar line, before smashing through the speakers with ruthlessness, speeding up, squalling, incanting, gnashing of teeth. Guitar solos profligate amongst the sonic molten morass. Then towards the end things grind down to a Part Schwarze Augen - E.U.
Commission - Nachtsongs, Nightsongs, Chansons De Nuit, Cantos De Noche doom dirge the animalistic totems abounda colossal battering where no surface, instrument, vocal cord or brain cell is left unscathed. The Kali Yuga Part 2 - Therion - Sirius B have been summoned, channeled, purged.
Feed The Rats is gloriously over the top, tipping towards the precipice of ridiculousness, yet the sheer brutality of it is what steadies the ship here.
To see the band unleash these behemoths is a more frightening and exhilarating a proposition, but this debut album makes a damn good fist of catching that viscous lightning in a bottle. Share this article:. If you enjoy The Quietus, please consider supporting what we do with a one-off or regular donation.
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