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3 stars How am I supposed to describe this album in words ? ProgArchives is full of weird bands with weird music and Thumpermonkey Lives is one of the weirdest inclusions here.

This debut album from this English band (a free download album from their homepage, btw) is a mix of fish and red meat, so to speak. Of fire and water. Of David Bowie and Napalm Death (although the band does not like this association). But most of all; it is the occasional David Bowie meets Prince inspired song with some added dissonant grind core and avant- garde pieces. This is what happens when two freight trains from the opposite direction collides head on.

For some reason, this actually works. This band, with the weird name and even weirder music, has actually created a working piece of sound collage. There is even pretty pop like melodies inbetween grindcore and harsh avant garde. This album is also blessed with some excellent male vocals. This album therefore works in it's beauty/beast constellation. As a debut album, this is a fine effort. But I gladly admit this music is maybe too weird for me. This free album is recommended for all avant-garde/RIO heads in ProgArchives.

3 stars

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Posted Saturday, February 5, 2011 | Review Permalink

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