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Florida = Death- Eyehategod- Vallenfyre

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Florida = Death
Post Information

Obscure Me
12" LP

If you were to guess what kind of music a group with the name Florida = Death plays, there's a pretty good chance that you would guess punk, maybe even hardcore. But actually the group, a three-piece out of Connecticut, plays, um, well … the band themselves make it a point to say that there's no correct way to describe the record. Opening cut "Tension: Unresolved," with droning loops, vocal chants and bits of spoken word seemingly emanating from a far-away radio broadcast, the song fits into the "experimental" genre. So does everything else on the album but there's also tons of purposeful nuance here; "Grey 2B Kind," with vocals that reference elephant tusks and a broken voice box, incorporates elements of '60s psychedelia. So yes, Post Information is trippy. And throughout the album, things that sound minimalist at first listen reveal intriguing snippets upon repeat play; is that a clarinet lurking there? A little backwards masking? There seem to be bottle rockets taking off on "…Eventual Ending of a Lifelong Run-on Sentence" and there's also a hint of East Indian rhythm involved. "Empty Spacesuit" is the most traditional song here, a folky acoustic guitar number, but even that song comes across as avant-garde thanks to an intro that electronically messes with the song's tempo. To call this album weird is a compliment. It is a far out delight. Put just a little more effort than usual into listening and you'll be amply rewarded.

Eyehategod
"The Liar's Psalm"

Century Media
45 RPM 7" Flexidisc

Eyehategod has a new self-titled album out, the first since the death of drummer Joey LaCaze, who passed away last summer. But "The Liar's Psalm" is not on the album, it's only available as a Flexidisc that comes with the July 2014 issue of Decibel Magazine. Score a copy and you'll be treated to a few minutes of Mike Williams scream-singing over a riff that also screams --- of Black Sabbath.

Vallenfyre
"The Great Divide"

Century Media
45 RPM 7" Flexidisc

Vallenfyre has a new album out called Splinters but if you want to own the "The Great Divide" single you'll have to purchase the July 2014 issue of Decibel Magazine and get the included Flexi. Vallenfyre are an extreme metal act, and after a brief melodic intro "The Great Divide" devolves into a drum-thrashing, bass-busting, demon screamin' head-rattler.

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