50 Tons of Black Terror


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Demeter was the Greek goddess of agriculture, marriage, and fertility. Don't let such homely associations let you expect a cover of "Going to the Chapel" here, though. 50 Tons is about agriculture the way Children of the Corn is. Before Cain the agriculturist killed Abel the butcher, they might have gotten pumped up listening to Demeter. Marriage? 50 Tons of Black Terror is about the marriage of the Jesus Lizard and Birthday Party. Their sound is brutal and undeniable as in the peeping tom's lament "Voyeur's Blues" and just as liable to come on as sinister cave lounge as in "La Grotte D'Amour." Fertility? Demeter is so potent it gave birth to a remix EP included in this package. These four remixes serve as hammering repetition to drive the rhythmic point home, through its walls, across the backyard, and buried deep in reinforced concrete walls across the alley. Don't let yourself miss out on the rich soil where blood cries out from the ground, the joining together of able-bodied musicianship with fierce delivery and the seedy abundance of such panting excess as the "Voyeurs Blues (Kris Needs)" remix.

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