Black Madonna (Hydra Head, 2007)
by New York's duo Austerity Program
(Thad Calabrese on bass and Justin Foley on vocals and guitar)
offered one of the best imitations of the visceral and jagged sound of Steve Albini's Big Black propelled by a seismic drum-machine.
The instrumental Song 19 is the creative and rhythmic peak of the album,
and Song 17B is their attempt at drowning the song format in a hostile
They had debuted with the EP Terra Nova (Hydrahead, 2003) and followed
up the album with the
four-song EP Backsliders and Apostates Will Burn (2010), containing
After another long hiatus, they released Beyond Calculation (2014),
stuck in the same sonic timewarp.
Song 30 is typical of how they can straddle the border between
emphatic stoner-rock and brainy post-rock, like a marriage of
Song 32 is thundering metal-esque but weakened by a powerful sound effect after one minute and then boasts shouting vocals in the vein of classic soul-rock singers.
Song 33 is psychedelically lethargic whereas
Song 39 is visceral and aggressive, frenetic and screamed like punk-rock.
The EP Bible Songs 1 (2019) contains six songs dedicated to six passages of the Bible.
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