Zach Hill / Mick Barr

Shred Earthship

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AllMusic Review by Stewart Mason

There's an interesting conflation of styles on Zach Hill's first album for the artsy Kill Rock Stars offshoot 5 Rue Christine. The album's title is Shred Earthship, and that part's dead on the money: forget the whole concept of hooks, melody, rhythmic complexity, all of that. This album is about one thing and one thing only: just how extreme Hill can get. But the majority of shred albums are wedded to lumbering, pedestrian metal rhythm sections, and that's where the 5 Rue Christine influence comes in here -- Hill's unhinged free jazz playing. Clearly improvised as one giant 77-minute performance and broken into 19 individually titled segments seemingly at random, Shred Earthship is where Derek Bailey and Yngwie Malmsteen meet.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Mick Barr / Zach Hill 03:58 Amazon
2 Mick Barr / Zach Hill 01:24 Amazon
3 Mick Barr / Zach Hill 03:25 Amazon
4 Mick Barr / Zach Hill 04:34 Amazon
5 Mick Barr / Zach Hill 02:19 Amazon
6 Mick Barr / Zach Hill 06:42 Amazon
7 Mick Barr / Zach Hill 02:31 Amazon
8 Mick Barr / Zach Hill 01:27 Amazon
9 Mick Barr / Zach Hill 02:03 Amazon
10 Mick Barr / Zach Hill 03:19 Amazon
11 Mick Barr / Zach Hill 00:24 Amazon
12 Mick Barr / Zach Hill 04:21 Amazon
13 Mick Barr / Zach Hill 02:37 Amazon
14 Mick Barr / Zach Hill 05:20 Amazon
15 Mick Barr / Zach Hill 09:41 Amazon
16 Mick Barr / Zach Hill 04:37 Amazon
17 Mick Barr / Zach Hill 06:47 Amazon
18 Mick Barr / Zach Hill 00:43 Amazon
19 Mick Barr / Zach Hill 11:14 Amazon
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