A horrible hack

The Killing Spree


Year Released: 2004
Format: 7"
Label: Rimbaud Records
Reviewed by Kunal Nandi on Jun 13, 2007
Belfast’s The Killing Spree recently toured England and Scotland, plying their wiry and deranged brand of mostly-instrumental noisy hardcore, and they were great. Really great, in fact. They were raw, energetic and forceful, with enough unpredictability to keep it interesting and enough straight up grooving to get rumps shaking up and down the land. As with any new DIY band starting out, getting that raw energy across to an awaiting reel-to-reel on an invariably minimal recording budget is usually a hopeless task. However, thanks to the band’s low-key, sparse approach, that trepidation stemming from putting needle to wax needn’t be there. This rocks. If you’re feeling ungenerous, you might tar them with the “Shellac-ripoff” brush, but to be honest, I can think of hundreds of far worse bands that they could have sounded similar to. Beautifully scratched-up artwork (courtesy of Adam from Paper Cut Out’s letterpress) complements the music perfectly.

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