Jack Meatbeat & The Underground Society

Back From World War III

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From the first notes of "Back in the Delta," Jack Meatbeat's intense, nightmarish take on Delta blues is instantly engaging. So when the following track unexpectedly launches into the blistering acid-trip rocker "Stay and Dance," the effect is shocking to say the least. From that point on, the album becomes a series of massive Stooges-style riffs and psychedelic acid washes, one song flowing continually into another. With an obsession for zombies, witchcraft, and cosmic blues, Meatbeat could fit into most people's idea of heavy metal, but there's a lot more going on here than simple power riffs. Guitars crash together in an endless chaotic stream; drum loops and various overdubs thicken many of the songs, increasing an already violent mix into an assault of nearly unbearable intensity. For all its brutality, though, Back From World War III contains some surprisingly original visions and production. Nonetheless, it will take a few listens before the discerning are able to figure out whether the tumultuous soundscapes are borderline ingenious or simply brain-boggling noise.

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