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Triac: Always Meant to Hurt You

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Always Meant to Hurt You


If this was something other than music, some chemical compound illegal for sale in most developed nations since the ’70s when said chemical was responsible for rivers catching on fire and harvests of shriveled wheat, you’d use it to keep vermin out of your garden. As music, however, it’s certainly toxic, but the kinda toxic you might just want to soak in and savor as your perfectly tailored soundtrack for hating the world, the person next to you, bunny rabbits, and Christmas (especially Christmas). And note that if you are currently happy with the world and yourself and Christmas, you have a problem: Please take two and call me in the morning.

In terms of heavy-music subgenres, this is grind or maybe long-form power-violence; the disc even has a kinda doomy, feedback-y soupiness that makes one think briefly of whiskey-core greats like Eyehategod or Buzzov*en, as much as a grind-grind band like Pig Destroyer, whose particular brand of garden poison sounds downright slick in comparison. And the four quick tracks of Always Meant to Hurt You are the opposite of slick: guitar whips trading with guitar snarl trading with bolts of feedback screek, all mostly at the speed of a fully automated shootout, dropping to an uneasy lope for long enough to keep the drummer from dying. And us too, for that matter.

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