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Boomkat Product Review:
Some hugely enjoyable instrumental metal insanity from this trio from the Philadelphia underground. The band (comprising drums, guitar and upright electric bass) fuse together the kind of baroque technical wares that you'd associate with prime '80s thrash with a loosened-up, improvised edge that plants them somewhere within the realms of that most specialist of genres, doom-jazz. As with the similarly ear-frazzling Die! Die! Die! album out this week, Scream Of The Iron Iconoclast is produced by noise rock veteran Steve Albini, who for this release does a fine job of leaving the trio's impressive performances unadorned and spaciously mapped out in the mix allowing for the players' formidable chops to shine through. It's hard to pick out highlights with a record like this - it functions much like a jazz trio recording might - as a number of different variations on a single overarching theme. That said the weighty post-shred of 'Requiem For A Rock Band' stands as a particularly satisfying excursion, and the sheer complexity of 'Thirteenth Moon' makes for a breathless, relentlessly resourceful piece of music, complete with two-handed tapping licks pinched straight from Eddie Van Halen's sublime 'Eruption' solo.