Boomkat Product Review:
Biblical trip metal regression from Wolf Eyes’ Nate Young and John Olson, joined by art noisists Alan Licht and Rebecca Odes, plus Gretchen Gonzales (Universal Indians).
Taking their cues from the historic threshing floor - a place where farmers would sort the wheat from the chaff (winnowing) - the ensemble play around with sacred/profane dichotomies over 14 unbroken minutes of warped noise improvisation, summoning the spirits of biblical figures and parables as a slightly perverse respite from the current pandemic/plague during Shavuot in 2020.
The results call to mind the rich instrumental storytelling of When’s ‘The Black Death’ as much as Wolf Eyes at their most possessed, including their respective solo projects. We can discern Nate Young’s style of mulched loops in there, as well as Olson’s grim gothic, but there’s a more unusual textures at play, smeared by legendary improv guitarist Alan Licht and no doubt Rebecca and Gretchen. Factor in some angry geese and pulsing electronics and you have one beastly mass of hair and muscle with chipped teeth, feathers and scales that sounds like it crawled of the pages of the old testament.