Narcissus - _Newwave Techno Homicide_
(Takehold Records, 2000)
by: Alex Cantwell (9.5 out of 10)
This is quite a band indeed, and I will state right away that fans of Refused should check this out. They really have a creative edge that many hardcore bands are not blessed with, and therefore do not rely solely on the "chugga chugga" approach to riffing and song structure. They don't even utilize a guitar tone that would do that simple stuff justice anyway. It's sort of what I imagine Stavesacre would sound like if they were aggressive, and what Neurosis might contrive if they went back to playing hxc. _Newwave Techno Homicide_ drew me in to such an extent that before I knew it I was on track four. I had to pay such close attention to the raging vocals and interesting guitar playing that I totally lost my sense of space and time, and this was the sixth time I had listened to it. What is going on here? Clean vocals make several appearances here as well. This is truly an amazing CD from this unknown band. Own it and support talent.

Contact: Takehold Records, P.O. Box 19831, Birmingham AL 35219, USA

(article published 10/1/2001)


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