Bareback by Throat

Release date: August 31, 2018
Label: Svart Records

Noise rock is a genre term that is generally amorphous. Noise rock, for some, is typified by Melvins style slabs of sludge/punk. For others it is typified by the more metallic abrasiveness of Converge. Throat are a band that span the entire range of sounds that noise rock encompasses.

Bareback is Throat’s second album, and it certainly doesn’t suffer from the dreaded second album slump. The album opens with a mini-epic of sorts, in the form of ‘Safe Unsound’. The song appears to be presented in three parts. The first three and a half minutes that constitute the first part, sounds like a Nick Cave monologue over two sparse guitar chords stabbing slowly away. The second part is akin to the kind of noise that Shellac churn out so well, and the final part is an industrial hellscape. It is a fantastic opener and the song builds brilliantly.

The album then picks up the pace with track two ‘No Hard Shoulder’. ‘No Hard Shoulder’ is a straight-ahead stomper that sounds like early Queens of the Stone Age, if QOTSA were the product of Steve Albini. Track two sets the pace for the rest of the album. ‘Recut’ and ‘Bone Strike’ have multiple, piercing guitar lines fighting with each other, entangled with each other whilst the bass and drums keep everything pinned down.

Track five ‘Shortage (Version)’ sets a different pace, but it is not for respite. ‘Shortage (Version)’ has more of the industrial squall that rounded off ‘Safe Unsound’. ‘Born Old’ and ‘Rat Domain’ are two more intense, flat out songs that intersperse causticness with a good dose of groove and left-field melodies. The album finishes with ‘Maritime’, a song that oozes surf vibes, albeit through the prism of noise rock. The song also contains a fantastic, rare guitar solo.

The album is incredibly accomplished and is a treat for those who like their rock to sound like it’s wrapped in steel wool, dipped in vinegar, and inserted into a fresh wound.

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