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Microwaves: Contagion Heuristic

Once in a great while, the press hype accompanying a CD couldn't be more accurate. Case in point: Promo copy for Contagion Heuristic, the "avant trash" CD from the freaky Pittsburgh trio Microwaves, which states that if that city's music scene were a RadioShack, "Microwaves would be the taciturn employee who wires the store sprinkler system up to a motion sensor, dousing and electrocuting customers and staff alike." I love that. Or how about this: "Spiked skronk-infested guitars spit tonality-impaired riffs like so much chaff from a surgically calibrated tree shredder." Classic stuff. In fact, the descriptions of this music are more entertaining than the music itself. Sloppy, shrieky vocals, dissonant chaos and an often-dark rhythm section that sounds like kids at play in the workshop lends complete credence to that frightening tree-shredder analogy.

What an obnoxious record. Some people will no doubt love it; others would probably just as soon be electrocuted inside a RadioShack.

Track Listing
1) Thumbs Down, Lambpit
2) Mk
3) Song X
4) Codex Vortex
5) Ajeeb Takes the Turk
6) Executive Indecision
7) Polaris
8) Ruin the Night
9) Eye Removal
10) Slime Aesthete

Added: December 1st 2006
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Related Link: Crucial Blast Records
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Language: english

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