Suppression w/ Crank Sturgeon / Misopsychia - _Split_
(Nat Records, 2001)
by: Gabriel Sanchez (6.5 out of 10)
This is the second Suppression EP I've uncovered that features a hookup with a more readily "known" noise artist. While I've never been a particularly big fan of Crank Sturgeon outside of his live performance, his obnoxious noise styling compliments Suppression's inane minimalist outbursts well. Much in the same vein as older Man Is the Bastard noise recordings, Suppression overlay their noise with howling vocals that express the group's typically raucous anti-Americana message. With harsh criticisms of a media-fed American culture on "Amerikkkan T.V. Dinner" to ridiculous one liners like "If god could have an erection...", there's something here for the whole family to enjoy. Unfortunately, Misopsychia's side to this 7" really hauls in the suck. With a style largely reminiscent of throw-away screamin' and growlin' doom-wannabe crust, I find it difficult to take their work seriously. They do manage to join in with the social criticisms however, taking some more poignant shots at American life and the general uselessness of the current macrostructure as it relates to human happiness. Truly this is a timely listen in a culture pumped up to the max on jingoistic fervor. In short: buy it for the noise, stay for the anti-flag waving.

(article published 19/10/2001)


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