A horrible hack

Orthrelm

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Year Released: 2004
Format: 7"
Label: Forge Records
 
Reviewed by Kunal Nandi on Jun 13, 2007
Jesus Christ! More Orthrelm? You won’t get any complaints from me, but to be honest, you could quite easily just loop any 10 seconds from their back catalogue for all eternity, and I would still sit there, listening rapt with ecstasy at the mind-bending aural torture being inflicted upon me. Each second... no, scratch that... each SPLIT-second is different from the last. Josh Blair and Mick Barr are incapable of staying still for a moment. Hours of intense rehearsal means that guitarist and drummer are forever locked together in their pursuit of the ultimate freeform jazz speed-metal fusion, where it sounds improvised but (and here’s the kick in the knickers) actually it isn’t. They’re an extreme band that polarise opinion in similarly extreme ways – either you think it’s useless muso wankery of the highest order (i.e. you’re a tool), or utterly essential (i.e. you’re cool). Either way, they are one of the few bands that are able to make you put your pipe down, sit up in your chaise longue, and yell “OK, WHAT THE FUCK JUST HAPPENED THEN?” – who else can do that? Who else sounds like this? NO ONE! And nowadays, that’s important.

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