The Austerity Program

Black Madonna

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Appropriately named NYC duo the Austerity Program play the kind of raw, menacing noise-punk made famous by Midwestern acts like Big Black and Jesus Lizard. While they currently reside on the tasteful metal label Hydra Head, they would have been perfectly comfortable on Touch & Go once upon a time. With a monolithic drum-machine providing the backdrop, singer/guitarist Justin Foley and bassist Thad Calabrese lay down massive, punishing riffs and twisting, turning noise passages, while Foley's ragged everyman shout fights to escape the metallic tar. BLACK MADONNA shows just how much mayhem two determined guys can make when they put their minds to it.

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