The Dead C


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The six tracks on Repent are taken from live recordings made during a 1996 New Zealand tour. This makes for an interesting break from the rather studio-bound noise experiments of the Dead C's previous releases. In a "real" context, the band constructs massive instrumentals which build momentum from their noise, with all of the drone, Krautrock, and Wall of Sound tones that this implies. The key to Repent's efficacy is the human presence behind it; rather than interpreting studio manipulations, one actually hears the band creating its noisy tones, and this lends the work the same realism that, to a lesser extent, marks Tusk.