Barrit - _Smiles Upon the Stroke That Murders Me_
(Ellington, 1998)
by: Adrian Bromley (8 out of 10)
This band gets thumbs up first and foremost for collaborating with Steve Austin (of Today Is the Day fame) for the production work here. Austin, to me, is one of the finest new entries into wicked innovators of the extreme / metal music scene. Enough praising of Austin, let's get down to the matter here: Barrit. Barrit fluctuates between eerie black metal sounding riffage (though they are not even black metal) and abstract noise ensembles. Severe hardcore/noise elements bring forth a powerful groove here (i.e., "Transient", "Mouthman" and "A Planet Wide") as the band disbands any regard for proper song writing and rages on in a fist of fury from the get go, stomping on those who get in their way. This is some pretty bizarre shit and comes highly recommended, should you want a little bid of oddness in your hard music / metal diet.

Contact: BARRIT, P.O. Box 173 North Hampton, MA USA 01060

(article published 1/10/1998)

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