Boomkat Product Review:
After 18 years in the game the indomitable Wolf Eyes rove onto Jack White's Third Man Records with the stout admission, 'I Am A Problem: Mind In Pieces' arriving a coupla circles 'round the sun since 2013's primordial 'No Answer-Lower Floors' LP.
It sounds like they found a much better dealer over the interim, as the bad drug vibe of their last album begins to dissipate here in a stomping, hypnotically pineal sound making nods to astral jazz, kosmiche rock and native American ritual music along with the usual punk, noise and post-industrial thrust otherwise known as Trip Metal.
The cumulative weight of Nate Young, John Olsen and James Baljo's beards, biker jackets and cranky individual influences is capably lugged, dragged and lifted thru six songs, starting with the inebriated jazz horns and motorik subbass impulses of 'Catching the Train', and ending up soused in gothic backwater tones by closer, 'Cynthia Vortex a.k.a. Trip Memory Illness'.
In the space between we hear them churn up discordant clods of noxious blue riffage against Young's buzzing synth backdrop in 'Twister Nightfall', whilst Baljo's patented guitar tone opens and burns across the Cluster-esque kosmiche bassline of 'Asbestos Youth' and 'Enemy Ladder' does deathrock with calamitous intent.
Ultimately there's a fire in their belly and a f**king madman look in their eye that's going to genuinely freak a few of Third Man Record's more catholic fans back to the pews - as they infamously did with the label's instagram account, promptly losing the label thousands of followers - but what were they worth anyway if they don't get this stuff?!