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Raspberry Bulbs : Deformed Worship

Considering how much we have all come to rely on genre tags to help us navigate the seemingly endless amount of new music we are presented with today, it’s refreshing to see a group like NYC’s Raspberry Bulbs going to such great pains to disassociate themselves from easy classification. As their recent Pitchfork profile piece detailed, the five-piece don’t want the fact that frontman Marco Del Rio is also the drummer for black metal act Bone Awl to lead people to label them a “black metal” band, or for that matter a “punk” band, or a “noise” band; so keen are they, in fact, to avoid identifying with that scene that their pink-sleeved second album Deformed Worship, out August 6, is being released on the British Blackest Ever Black label, better known for its industrial electronics and dark ambient soundscapes. Listening to tracks like “Groping The Face Of The Angel” (below) or “When A Lie Becomes The Truth“, though, it’s hard not to hear elements of those genres bleeding through, in the grim lyrical themes and scabrous, thrown-up vocals, in the harsh, distorted guitars and primal, pummelling drums. It’s the kind of record that fans of the Stooges, Black Flag, Entombed and Darkthrone alike will love, but in keeping with the group’s wishes, let’s just say it’s one of 2013’s most kick-ass rock albums and hope that causes no offence.


About foamhands

My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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