Metallic Taste of Blood – Doctoring the Dead – Rare Noise Records – RNR053, 49:57 [6/9/15] ****:
(Eraldo Bernocchi – guitars & electronics; Colin Edwin – bass guitar & Ebow; Ted Parsons – drums & percussion; Roy Powell – keyboards & electronics on “Ipsissimus”, “Blind Voyeur” and “Day of Bones”; Matilde Bernocchi – electronics on ”Snthetic Tongue” and “Doctoring the Dead”)
Doctoring the Dead is an instrumental treasure by the newly-reformed band Metallic Taste of Blood. Eraldo Bernocchi & Colin Edwin (original members) gained the help of Ted Parsons (of Swans/Godflesh/Killing Joke) and Roy Powell (of Interstatic/Naked Truth/Mumpbeak) to thump and grind your way for nearly an hour.
Tracks Pashupati, Synthetic Tongue and Death of Pan remind me of the sound of the early Kurt Cobain and Nirvana demos. The other tracks on the album are just as thrilling with their ambiance. If you’ve been, you will know this album is a perfect fit for the Three Floyds Brewpub.
The beat and hard-driving segues into a couple of fairly lucent tracks; Day of Bones and Murder Burger. These two are my favorite on the album as they flow through their six minutes each with ease and climax to great proportions. A soundtrack to any star gazing or country road driving night.
I see the genre “Instrumental Math Rock” thrown in the hat when discussing Metllic Taste of Blood. I’m not sure if that just follows Eraldo around or if this is truly such a great album that it might not have a specific genre to fit in. Sure, the drums and guitar dominate these tracks and there are no lyrics. But I can’t place this entire album on its own with just one label.
Pick it up and give it a listen for yourself. What’s more (like a number of recent releases) is that it’s available in vinyl format too.
TrackList: 1. Ipsissimus 2. Pashupati 3. Synthetic Tongue 4. Doctoring The Dead 5. Blind Voyeur 6. Day Of Bones 7. Murder Burger 8. The Death Of Pan
—Paul Pelon IV
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