L.A.’s rep as hometown to heaviness is backed up: Richter Scale earthquakes, Vin Diesel racing army camo hummers down Sunset Blvd on a daily basis, Buzz Osbourne loitering at pretty much every flea market within walking distance of a diner, etc. Also: the sick & twisted Sunn amp manglings of Goliath Bird Eater and Sasqrotch. GBE is the half-decade-deep gauntlet through which Eagle Rock-based Teen Choice Award-winner Bobb Bruno gives voice to his solitary metal ruminations. Often riffs will ferment in his brain/fingers for YEARS before finally being committed to 8-track. “Blood Silk Road” slowrides a lumbering crawl before post office local (and Wilco wild card) Nels Cline steps in with an eyeball-shredding solo that crescendos the song into a black light hurricane of monolithic pummel.
Highland Park’s Sasqrotch cruise a grimier path, fusing sax attacks, costumes, and even the occasional bouzouki noodling within their mythically hirsute drop-tuned oblivion. “Menstrual Cyclone” is an archetypal document of the road-tested freeform ripper they jammed live for the majority of 2007.
Black vinyl 10 inches in printed jackets, plus a hand-numbered insert, with artwork by French enigma Kikifruit.