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Album Review Agoraphobic Nosebleed new EP Arc designed to decimate your total being

27 February 2016 No Comment


Artist: Agoraphobic Nosebleed
Album: Arc
Label: Relapse Records
Release Date: January 29, 2016
By: Josh Kutras

Scott Hull has long been a stalwart in the grind community, with accomplished grind acts like, Anal Cunt, Pig Destroyer, and with latest outing Agoraphobic Nosebleed he has cemented his place in the extreme underground music community. The first in a series of four EPs Agoraphobic Nosebleed ‘Arc’ (2016 Relapse) is no grind affair, “designed to decimate your total being,” and it’s fucking brilliant.

Ditching the 30 second to 1 minute song times in exchange for tracks going 6 minutes plus, Arc finds A.N. mapping their way through a landscape of feedback drenched doom and, sludge mountains of molten riffs. Hull and company wear their influences on their sleeves, there are mid tempo Sabbath-eque swing riffs on Deathbed, the Godflesh like outro of Gnaw, add a dash of Eyehategod and you start to get an idea of how this album flows. Don’t get me wrong though, this isnt a retread, copy cat album of any kind, it’s an original for sure.

Arc is the first of 4 doom/sludge EP’s A.N. is going to drop for Relapse Records, and I can barely wait for the other 3. Scott Hull is becoming like the King Midas of heavy underground music, and after this one can only wonder where he’ll turn his evil eye next, punk? Black Metal? D beat? Salsa? Who knows, one thing I can tell you for sure, whatever it may be it’s going to fucking rule.

Scott Hull: Guitars / Machines
KAT: Vocals
Richard Johnson: Vocals
John Jarvis: Bass
Jay Randall: Noise, Vocals

Band Camp: agoraphobicnosebleed.bandcamp.com/album/arc
Label: Relapse Records

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