Dazzling Killmen

Medicine Me/Poptones

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The Dazzling Killmen, a group from the early '90s, have been entirely forgotten. They took noise and alienation to a place that the Jesus Lizard and Don Caballero never dreamed of and not seen again until Neurosis. Overlooked because Chicago already had Al Jorgensen and Steve Albini, the Killmen put these people to shame, utter shame, while they made the Swans seem like they were hawking Christmas trees at the Optimist Club. "Medicine Me" could be an anthem for the rust belt if everybody wasn't too busy shooting amphetamines and drinking Jack, in which case they wouldn't need an anthem like this. Rhythmically involved and assaulting, entirely noisy and dissonant, they plug their instruments through heaven's noise gate, but without ever losing sight of some type of formal coherency. There are parts that come and go, recurring in slightly altered versions, but they don't add up to anything. The form is neither time-derived nor organic. It's genius, bravissimo! On the B-side they offer up a cover of the PiL classic "Poptones," which starts off almost melodic and straightforward, before they, of course, manage to completely destroy it, slowly...oh...so...slowly...destroy. Limited to a pressing of 2,000 copies on burgundy vinyl with a full-color cover, the 7" comes accompanied by a comic book featuring the work of Mark Fischer, Rob Syers, and Paul Nitsche (who did the cover for the Face of Collapse album).

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