Nightstick - _Ultimatum_
(Relapse, 1998)
by: Adrian Bromley (8 out of 10)
It has been twelve issues since we first featured Nightstick (review in CoC #17; story #18)? It seemed like only yesterday that I was listening to _Blotter_ (their Relapse debut) and trying to decipher the odd ideas and warped samples sewn into the distorted feedback of this Weymouth, Massachusetts band. I still haven't figured out what they are all about, and I don't think I want to. Too hard to explain; snag a copy of _Blotter_ and you'll see what I mean. Onto LP #2 and _Ultimatum_ is a much more powerful and raw sounding record. While still chock-full of epic distorted destruction, _Ultimatum_ also dwells within a truly dark environment. While _Blotter_ was very free-flowing and oddly assembled, the intensity of _Ultimatum_ has been coursed out, a strike that successfully propels itself under our skin and into our psyche. The band has not only crafted and honed in on their ability of creepy song ideas, but magnified their powerful sonic assault. This is noise -- pure noise -- but served up so well that coming back for seconds seems like the only right thing to do.

(article published 10/3/1998)

3/16/1997 A Bromley Nightstick: Fucked Up and Loving It
12/9/1999 A Bromley 8 Nightstick - Death to Music
2/4/1997 A Bromley 7 Nightstick - Blotter
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