The Oily Menace
Wow, I’m gonna sound like the old ass fart that I am, but have we actually reached the point where fucking cassettes have a retro chic? (Ahh, memories of rewinding Sepultura albums with a pencil in chemistry class.) But there it was in my mailbox, a toxic green spool of tape courtesy of Michigan’s The Oily Menace, who dropped the cash for a custom cassette treatment for their Slayer-referencing demo (like I wouldn’t notice that, kids).
The oleaginous punks mix power violence loom and gloom and with Capitalist Casualties-style blast fests. While it ably soothes ’90s nostalgia, The Oily Menace are not an amber trapped tribute to a bygone era. The vocals are also more of a grindcore gargle than your typical hardcore bark, mixing in a modern element to update the sound.
And oh what a sound: winding guitar ratchets around broken blasts and whipcrack cymbal smacks. “Antibiotic Markers” corkscrews and thrashes, striking out like a wounded cobra. The classic hardcore sound of “Scion and Vice” gets updated with modern growled vocals while “Stepping into Daylight” is sub-blast cacophony.
It’s all been done before and The Oily Menace have yet to distill that certain something that will set them apart from the retro-blast hordes, but it’s good enough to make me wish I had a yellow Sony Walkman cassette player (which my parents cruelly refused to buy me) so I could jam to this on the bus ride to school. For those of you with more modern sensibilities, download it here.
I was expecting this to have BP references all over it, and after downloading it I agree that it lacks a certain depth which will make it stand out of the crowd.
seemed to obvious. even for me. but feel free to provide your own BP related commentary.
I never had the yellow Sony walkman either but my parents did buy me something similar to this (http://craphound.com/images/_45984522_walkman_226_300.gif). Since Sony was big bucks they bought me a Citizen instead that had a really sensitive auto-reverse where if you even breathed on it the thing would flip the tape on you. I think this is why I still dislike cassettes to this day.
I don't have a method of playing cassettes other than my car stereo, so I never buy them.
I checked out the download, however. Promising, but nothing terribly original. Let's see if they get up to something interesting!
@ Wooderson: I demand to know if you're the Wooderson from GD! This is LJ, just in case.
let's fucking go!...demo lags to me.
@ Will: Well..since you demanded, yup it's me!
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