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Junkpile Jimmy: “Wants You Dead”

You won’t find many details about Junkpile Jimmy online. The duo’s Bandcamp page simply states, “Heavy slide guitar from inland SoCal,” and our CD copy arrived with a handwritten two-sided sheet explaining that ”Wants You Dead” was “recorded 2004-2005, then shelved. Many years later, prepared for release.”

And there you have it.

Attributed only to drummer JMac and guitarist/vocalist Junkpile, this warped and wayward record opens with “Existential Dread (Intro),” featuring somber percussion set to sinister whispering and misleading listeners into thinking ”Wants You Dead” will be a low-fi excursion into experimental shenanigans. Instead, the song erupts into a black-metal frenzy that segues into the charred thrash-punk of “Shed Blood Total War.” From there, the adventurous album continues its aural assault, with sludgy production and slithering, impossibly rapid-fire vocals with plenty of really well played slide guitar and bizarre yet compelling interludes that evoke images of ancient rituals and haunted jungles.

But with a running time of more than 40 minutes, this all can be a bit too much. By the time "Wants You Dead" is over, you’ll feel as if -- as the album title suggests -- you'll want to die.

Track Listing:
1.Existential Dread (Intro)
2. Shed Blood Total War
3. Priest of Set
4. Moldering Hatred
5.Ancient Crone
6. Descent to the Depths
7. Dragon’s Breath
8. The End of the Empire
9. Gibbous
10. Glory In Gloom

Added: December 19th 2019
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Related Link: Junkpile Jimmy on Bandcamp
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Language: english

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