Volcano the Bear


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Addle-headed and pleasantly isolationist, Volcano the Bear's Volve punishes the listener for paying attention, but not necessarily in a damaging sort of way. This obscure little slice of avant-garde drone rock was second in a series of live reissues picked up for a wider release by Beta-Lactam Ring after an extremely limited mail-order run. It had its moments, for the most part. "Organza," 11 minutes long, used feedback like a lonely violinist, embellishing its structure-battering pianos and unlistenable under-noise to dart under the legs of prog rock's manufactured philosophical extravagance. "Vast Blank," a-minute-and-a-half long, was the Boredoms being pushed down a flight of stairs. Enthralling, if a bit tuneless.

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