Taking its title from a noun used to describe an excessive amount of something, The Surfeit lives up to the word's definition. This bonkers album by vocalist/bassist Jason Goldberg and guitarist/vocalist Jon Slusher, both of
Beak fame (plus drummer James Staffel) spews out of your speakers or earbuds or wireless device with venom and extreme-metal vigor and will most appeal to fans of crossover thrash, psych, doom, stoner, punk, hardcore, art-core and crust. Think (but not too hard) Agnostic Front, Bad Brains, Cryptic Slaughter, Spazz, Voivod, Slayer and even Devin Townsend at his most metallic.
The intent of Svlphvrvs (pronounced "sulfurous") with The Surfeit is to rage against all kinds of excess – most specifically cows, which the band argues is a "potent symbol of environmental ruin and human overreach."
Consistent melodies slip in and out here and there, particularly on "Adoration," but "The New Family (code R.E.D.)" is brutally relentless.
Featuring 25 songs none longer than 2 minutes and 23 seconds, with some lasting less than a minute — plus creepy spoken-word samples and sound effects, The Surfiet is 33-and-a-half minutes of ball-clutching musical terror. But in a good way.
1. Intro: All of Them Witches
2. The Surfeit
3. Perverse Ain't the Word
4. Sequestered Days (moonlight requisition)
5. Chaos and Guilt
6. Cows and You
7. Torn From the Future (a family story)
9. Pazuzu's Sow
10. Anxious West
11. Mother Pile
12. The New Family (code R.E.D.)
13. I Wanna Be Rewarded For Who I Am
15. Micro Aggressor
16. Pedophile Immolation
19. Life's Shit Lotto (irreversible neurogenic damage from aerosolized pig brain inhalation)
20. Word Crime
23. I Don't Own Anything
24. Epic March
25. Endtro: All of Them Witches (Reprise): The End of Civilization