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Scumchrist: Fire In The Manger (Corley Music)

This CD has to be in my top ten for 2006. This gospel according to Scumchrist sounds like sonic sludge salvation. There’s a presence and feel to these tunes that has held my ears to the fire from the first listen. This sounds the way I feel. I can hear my own depression, anger, and loss reflected in Scumchrist. There’s a rawness and realness on these tracks that I’ve never quite encountered before. I can hear bitterness, anger, frustration, disappointment, rage, hatred, and it’s all-REAL. These guys aren’t just playing some abstract portrayal of these emotions; they’re truly living them. There’s not a single happy note or chord on this CD. It’s all minor chords, flatted fifths, and all the rest of the “inharmonious” notes described in psychiatry books as being able to release negative energies and unpleasant feelings, which means it totally slays me. Having Billy Anderson mix it down, so to speak, also adds a nice touch of gloomy, low loudness. I am amazed that these guys met, wrote out these odes to dread and despair in one day, and then recorded them the next day. When you’re this real you obviously don’t need months of dial tinkering and knob twisting to find the right word or note for added atmosphere and realism, because you already have it inside, authentic and genuine like Zen sludge masters, full of nihilistic and menacing vitriol.


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