Boomkat Product Review:
The Dead C. are legends of the avant rock scene, counting Sonic Youth, Comets on Fire and the Black Dice under their many legions of fans and this lovingly compiled double cd 'best-of' collects some of their most intruiging works between 1987 and 2005. The band have supposedly influenced scores of subgenres in alternative rock - noise, drone, doom you name it, The Dead C. were first, and what's more they're from New Zealand? The first disc documents their earlier work, and takes a more straight up lo-fi rock angle, with songs decomposing and coughing up their ribcages as they play through, chords being misused, sounds being mangled, but all in some kind of avant-rock/garage-rock template. It's almost like Sonic Youth half heard through a pierced eardrum while Wolf Eyes tune up in the side room and Luc Ferrari performs and installation on the roof; very very odd, but somehow structured. Disc two starts out in 1994 and explores the band's heavier dronier work, seen to influence bands such as Sunn o))), Earth and Growing among other smokey metal doomsters. Deep and distorted crackles from the netherworld extend over heavy riffs and grindcore scraping, it's horribly addictive and by the time you hit the one hour mark you're bound to be clawing at the walls and ready for a long night of serial killing. It's destructive, abrasive, impulsive, abusive and rebellious - now grab this and understand why The Dead C. are one of the world's most revered noise merchants.