A horrible hack

The Love Below

Every Tongue Shall Caress

Year Released: 2012
Format: LP
Label: A389
Reviewed by Alex Deller on Jan 1, 2013
This is a right funny onion and make no mistake. Musically speaking we're in fairly familiar A389 territory: dense, burly hardcore with a whiff of sludge that takes its cues from the likes of Integrity, Damnation AD and Pulling Teeth. So far so normal until their singer the improbably-named Jerry Wayne Woolbright Jr highdives into the fray, his voice a stretched, wailing jabber that's part-way between temper tantrum and nervous breakdown. This delivery kinda knocks you off kilter and, given the genre's preference for rote bellicose roars, actually comes as a pleasant if vaguely unsettling surprise. Said vocals help propel things along with a manic energy that's hard not to get caught up in, particularly if the idea of Eyehategod and Blood For Blood soundtracking a turbulent night in the Bobcat Goldthwait household happens to tickle your fancy. I'd hesitate to say this is a great record, but it's a good 'un and at least gets a handful of extra bonus points for straying from the norm a little.

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