Here we have the brand new and face ripping sophomore effort from Brooklyn’s own THE MEN, courtesy of the folks at Sacred Bones, which is their first release from any substantial label.
At first it might not seem like much, but in due time “If You Leave…” sets the tone for this exhilarating album. Once the song breaks out you’re suddenly engulfed by a mess of metallic shards, and if you thought that was heavy wait until you give “Lotus” a spin. “Lotus” is a streamlined instrumental onslaught where you’ll be begging for mercy just to get out alive, totally abusing any listener for a solid three minutes. The never-ending pummel continues in “Think”, with bloodthirsty screams and foreboding guitars – the vengeful attitude will leave you floored with your thumb in your mouth, whimpering with fear. “L.A.D.O.C.H.” is the last track on this side and it’s a bit distracting from the rest of the album, not really having any clear focus, but it will still raise the hair on the back of your neck as you slowly descend into hell.
On the flip side, the strangely titled “()” entails blistering textures and the most accessible vocals on the LP. It’s packed to the gills with raging guitars all focused in one ultimate direction, with enough pent up energy to split the ground beneath your feet from the high voltage soloing and face-beating percussion. Once “Bataille” begins, you’ll quickly realize that calling these hooks “scuzzy” just won’t do the sound justice because they’re so much more twisted and mutilated than that – “Bataille” is a perfect example of this taking place, so don’t miss it below.
“Shittin’ With the Shah” is another instrumental jam, only they’re giving you the first three minutes to find your feet this time. Sharp guitars lead in a primal build up that starts trailing off in a slower direction – but wait! If you thought they were going to let you down easy this time, you’re sadly mistaken. They quickly nix the slow and continue with their stunning rage, hitting you like a ton of bricks with a wall of ferociously palpable energy. This leaves us with “Night Landing” which starts with an unfamiliar beat, eventually greeting you with mangled guitars, crushing basses and significantly clearer vocals – now put it all through a paper shredder and you’re finished. Check out these songs below for some immediate satisfaction.
Shittin’ With the Shah –
My Rating: 8.5/10
Genre/ Tags: Post-Punk, Noise Rock, Lo-Fi
Leave Home: Tracklist:
1.) If You Leave…
7.) Shittin’ With the Shah
8.) Night Landing