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Gob/Agoraphobic Nosebleed
Split 7" (Bad Card Records)

By: Jeb Branin

GOB and AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED are two of the most powerful bands plying their trade in the sulphur spewing depths of the underground that caters to extreme hardcore. GOB (the original from Reno, not the Canadian band who also uses the name) are renowned (especially by me) for their noisy and mutated sound. One of the things I like best about them is their never ending metamorphosis. While not losing the distorted complexion that has defined them since the early days they still manage to incorporate new ideas into almost every one of the releases. This one is no different. This time they take their massive wall of noise and deliver it at a pace that would give the Japan's fastcore bands a run for their money. Not all the time mind you, they just flirt with it and, yes, they still have their FLIPPER-esque churning and gnashing too. They play with the speed using it as yet another weapon brought to bear on the listener from their arsenal of sound. On the flip side ANB release the hounds of hyper core once again. Listening to this band is like trying to stand up to the floods resulting from a collapsing dam. Instead of water, however, ANB drown you in sound and fury. Musically this is closer to their work on their "Honky Reduction" MCD than on their split LP with CATTLEPRESS. Not that it matters. ANB have yet to disappoint.
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