790168107627
Subject To Change Without Notice

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Format: CD
Label: HYDRAHEAD RECORDS
Catalog: 76
Genre: Rock/Pop
Rel. Date: 11/25/2003
UPC: 790168107627

Subject To Change Without Notice
Artist: Keelhaul
Format: CD
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Over the course of three albums, Keelhaul have carved out a place as this decade's successors to Black Flag. Critics have attempted to pin a math-rock tail on this particular donkey, but physics is more their subject: Keelhaul have mastered both the theory and practice of musical dynamics. On their self-titled debut for Cambodia (later reissued by Escape Artist) and again on 2002's II for Hydra Head, they proved themselves capable of the rawest, most gnarled of grooves. Though both records featured often brilliantly hoarse vocals and heartfelt hardcore screaming, the music didn't need it, and there were long stretches with no singing at all. So it's hardly a surprise that for their third offering Keelhaul have for all intents and purposes made an instrumental record-something, appropriately, that Black Flag weren't afraid of doing on occasion. The reverence with which they unfurl and uncoil these tracks is such that when they slow down, as on "Cruel Shoes," and "Carl vs. the 10,000 lb Shadow," the record seems almost like a successor to Slint's underground classic Spiderland. Yet Keelhaul still know how to blast 'em out, too, following up the almost AC/DC-like simplicity of "Tits of War" with the criss-crossed harmonies and heads-down boogie of "Answer the Chicken." Those who like their rock straight with no chaser will never even miss the vocals.

"Over the course of three albums, Keelhaul have carved out a place as this decade's successors to Black Flag. Critics have attempted to pin a math-rock tail on this particular donkey, but physics is more their subject: Keelhaul have mastered both the theory and practice of musical dynamics. On their self-titled debut for Cambodia (later reissued by Escape Artist) and again on 2002's II for Hydra Head, they proved themselves capable of the rawest, most gnarled of grooves. Though both records featured often brilliantly hoarse vocals and heartfelt hardcore screaming, the music didn't need it, and there were long stretches with no singing at all. So it's hardly a surprise that for their third offering Keelhaul have for all intents and purposes made an instrumental record-something, appropriately, that Black Flag weren't afraid of doing on occasion. The reverence with which they unfurl and uncoil these tracks is such that when they slow down, as on ""Cruel Shoes,"" and ""Carl vs. the 10,000 lb Shadow,"" the record seems almost like a successor to Slint's underground classic Spiderland. Yet Keelhaul still know how to blast 'em out, too, following up the almost AC/DC-like simplicity of ""Tits of War"" with the criss-crossed harmonies and heads-down boogie of ""Answer the Chicken."" Those who like their rock straight with no chaser will never even miss the vocals.

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