New York City’s UNSANE assisted in pioneering a more aggressive, less studied version of noise rock, one that blended the scum/art industrial sturm und drang of Foetus, the Swans, Einsturzende Neubauten, and Sonic Youth with a decidedly more straightforward hardcore idiom. While developing the blueprint for noise bands to follow, UNSANE cut a remarkable swath through underground music, inspiring a devoted, cult-like following around the globe. As a power trio, UNSANE relied upon a hammering, power-press rhythm section, a searing Telecaster howl, and distorted vocals that resembled a chainsaw cutting a steel beam.
During 1992, UNSANE’s daunting schedule was cut devastatingly short by the untimely drug overdose of drummer Charles Ondras. Former Swans and Foetus drummer Vinnie Signorelli climbed aboard the swiftly moving train in the fall of 1992.
The following year found the band recording its first for Atlantic Records, Total Destruction, a menacing, dark collection of songs driven by Signorelli’s hypnotic drumming and Spencer’s man-pushed-to-the-edge vocals. More touring followed and Matador released the Peel Sessions disc almost concurrently with Total Destruction.
Shortly after, the trio made another label switch to Relapse Records and began constructing the ironically titled Occupational Hazard. While on a press tour in Europe only a month prior to the disc’s release, Spencer was brutally attacked by street thugs and left for dead on the streets of Vienna, Austria.
After more touring, and some introspection, they proceeded to issue Visqueenon Mike Patton’s Ipecac label. March 2012 saw the band’s Wreck full-length out on Alternative Tentacles, and 2017 saw them signed to Southern Lord for the release of Sterilize.
The Viennese band was founded in 2018 and fell into Corona Lockdown just after 3 concerts. Nevertheless they have managed to release 2 EPs since then. And now this album. The rough coordinates might be called Noise-Rock, Sludge, Hardcore, Crust & Death Metal, the social-cultural background is the DIY Anarcho-Punk scene. The album will be released on vinyl on 9th December 2022, it can be purchased from the band at live concerts or from the labels Bloodshed666 Records and Santa Diabla online. Or digital on Bandcamp and Soundcloud.
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