on 23 July 2008
This album is genuinely scary. Not in a commercial metal, "my band can down-tune lower then your band" way, but in a "Mother, fetch me my pills!" sort of way. Consisting of jazz saxophonist John Zorn, the bassist from Naked City and the drummer from Napalm Death, Painkiller were the first real jazz-meets-death metal band (as opposed to the relatively more common death metal-meets-jazz bands).
All the tracks on the two disks (compiling both their albums) are high-tempo screeching noise with the odd break for droning, bass-driven menace. The vocals are so messed up that they might as well be a percussion instrument and everything is accompanied by a low bass rumble and blast-beat drumming. This album also introduced me to the concept of a distorted saxophone sound, which does not sound unlike a baby being drowned in the bath.
This is by no means an album for everyone, but if you have room in your collection for scary strangeness, then by all means obtain a monument to how ugly music can get if you get the right people together in a recording studio.
on 28 August 2013
Great to have both these albums on one download. Like all good music this is not immediately loveable you need to walk towards it with your ears open, embrace your fear and taste it's delights and there are many. This music is bold and challenging. Deep dub grooves mix in with with some fast and obscure sax improvisations, constantly changing pace to the point of disorientation and desensitization. The music always however manages to pull poetry from the noise. While not easy listening if you don't like this music you should learn to, it is good for you and will make you sane.