3D House of Beef - _Low Cycle_
(Lunasound, 2001)
by: Pedro Azevedo (7.5 out of 10)
Sludgy, massively downtuned guitars and bass coupled with snarled, half-screamed vocals and heavy percussion try to grab you and drag you down into the mire right from the start of _Low Cycle_. The interesting mid-paced drum work drags the rumblingly groovy guitar riffs along, creating what is at times a nearly suffocating shroud. 3D House of Beef's reliance on heavy grooves and pounding rhythms does pay off, as the band seems to find an interesting point of equilibrium in their style. However, the main problem with this record lies in a certain lack of variety, and towards the end it tends to become somewhat tiresome -- not long after the brilliant combination of the speech samples on "Proof of Concept" and what is perhaps the highlight of the album, "Crawl". Still, _Low Cycle_ is a record of monstrous weight and considerable musical content that is very likely to be worth your time.

(article published 12/8/2001)


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