Bark Psychosis

Replay

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Five of the 13 tracks on Replay, the third Bark Psychosis compilation released by 3rd Stone, are recycled from 1994's Independency ("By Blow," "Nothing Feels," "Tooled Up") and 1997's Game Over ("Murder City," a live version of "Pendulum Man"). The remainder of the set gathers B-sides, rarities, and live material, none of which measures up to anything heard on the previous compilations. Leading off the disc is "Clawhammer," a rare flexidisc track and a curiosity notable for unveiling the band's short-lived indebtedness to Napalm Death. Hex-era B-side "Reserve Shotgunman" is a forcefully percussive instrumental suited for a chase scene, framed around rumbling drums and late-arriving squeals of noise. "Hex" itself would've been woefully out of place on the album of the same name, beginning with four minutes of battering noise that might as well be a skipping Big Black record. The sprawling "Big Shot (Alice's Cheshire Cat Mix)" is an unsurprisingly A.R. Kane/Insides-like remix executed by A.R. Kane's Rudy Tambala. The bootleg-quality live material that ends the disc is taken from a 1991 performance at a London church. As indicated above, "Pendulum Man" makes a return appearance, along with a version of "The Loom" that is drastically different from the final version heard on Hex. The playing is spectacular. The sound quality isn't, however, confirming that the disc will appeal only to completists.

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