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3.65 | 98 ratings

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4 stars This album is a lot more convincing than the previous work that consists of a 74 minute experimental piece of what it is like to be operated on whilst completely concious.

This album works better as it is less of a strain to listen to, although this does have to be played fully from start to end in order for it to sound best (listening to random individual tracks won't really do anything for you). This is a very interesting experiment in music as they cram in as many different types of music, speeds, instruments and effects into very short burst song's (almost like grindcore meets avante garde!).

Fantomas have totally obliterated any froms of traditionally structured songwriting in order to provide a weird mess of sound. Luckily it pays off, the album is gripping and always keeps your ears peeled. This album is completely unpredictable and pulls out almost all the tricks in the book (albeit, most are brief).

Some people may find this piece of art mindblowing and a struggle to appreciate or "get" as it is quite literally an onslaught of all sorts of crazy weird sounds, usually wrapped up with bullet fast riff breaks. Lots of strange effects in sound and vocal. It really is a weird piece of music. Definetly a hit or miss album but hopefully people who are into their experimental, avante garde and downright mental music will see this as one of the best of the lot.

I think this album has ties to Captain Beefheart's work, especially the album "Trout Mask Replica", as it uses a similar patten of short burst songs, all with crazy different themes, radical changes in sound, strange effects and complete weirdness. This album is quite highly recommended, though it also recommended that you treat this as something completely different to anything else you have ever heard.

frenchie | 4/5 |


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