• black helicopter Don't Fuck With the Apocalypse (CD, £3.15)

    label: Ecstatic Peace

    Since their first live performance in 1999 and subsequent first release That Specific Function to their third full-length release, Bostonís Black Helicopter have been treading a fine line between mechanical, grinding cyclical rhythms, sparse yet intricate airy psych-outs, and addictive pop melodies. Donít Fuck With the Apocalypse is no exception, with both meaty slashing layers filled with pounding intent and engaging melodic interludes that stick in your skull. Whether itís the plight of Soviet soldiers during the second East Prussian offensive (Invasion of Prussia), begrudgingly accepting one's own limitations (In the Blood), or pining for a bygone era (Record Player, Golden Days), the tales told here cover a broad spectrum, yet yield nothing to conventional "rock product". Black Helicopter takes no orders from passing trends, clearing their own wide swath as they go. Tim Sheaís vocal delivery falls somewhere between Scott "Spiral Stairs" Kannberg and J. Mascis, and is what makes Black Helicopter's rangy meat-and-potatoes workouts worth returning to. The man has a soft spot for all manner of sad sacks, erecting sturdy narrative windows into the depths of their doldrums. Comparisons have been made to bands like Shellac, Pavement and Mission of Burma. Instrumentally, Shea lays down tastefully distorted treats that get the props in motion and set the course for the path less traveled. Guitarist Eric Baird plays the foil to Sheaís structured guitar templates, happily squalling at times and reinforcing when melodically necessary. The band is rounded out by Bostonís most Albanian rhythm section, Zack Lazar and Matt Nicholas, who prepare the helipad for the ĎCopterís departure by pounding out thick slab after slab. The time has come for Black Helicopter to end the covert ops of the past and come to the fore to be held accountable for their actions. TRACK LISTING: 1. Invasion of Prussia 2. Golden Days 3. Copout 4. None Taken 5. Record Player 6. Hurple P 7. Pickle Jar 8. This is the One 9. Class Action 10. Occupation 11. Idiot Son 12. King Shit 13. Under the Bus 14. In the Blood

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