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Erode The Person (Noothgrush)

By: Jeb Branin

I was more than a little stoked to get this CD, which is a collection of tunes from the band's early discography. I have been a huge fan of NOOTHGRUSH since the release of their debut demo and since they steamrolled my brain during their first of many appearances at the Fiesta Grande. This band has taken the handoff from bands like GRIEF (an admittedly huge influence) and run for six. They do more than PLAY sludge. They ARE sludge. Everything about this band oozes and crawls. Their music is as punishing and it is precise as it is plodding. Lyrically they take concepts and ideas that in the hands of lesser artists may seem silly (Star Wars) or overused (hate and loathing) and they discover existential sociological and philosophical insight. From one point of view in the extreme underground NOOTHGRUSH are hideously deformed if for no other reason than they travel a route far less taken; but from another perspective, and certainly one that I share, their deformity is actually uniqueness and allows for the breeding of distinction. Y'see there are only a handful of really stellar sludge bands around and NOOTHGRUSH are among the best.
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