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2011 Releases Highlight – Vaz – Chartreuse Bull (Damage Rituals / Sleeping Giant Glossolalia)

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“Chartreuse Bull” is a fourth studio album from New York band Vaz  – rhythm section of AmRep act Hammerhead. Its their first album in 6 years – a follow-up to to 2005 “Lies That Matches The Furniture“.

Coincidentally, Hammerhead reunited last year and released Memory Hole EP.

For the style of noisy, interesting riff-heavy songs, you usually get a RRORRRRORORORAGGHHHHHHHH singer, but with Vaz, you get a guy that kinda sounds like the dude from Masters of Reality (not the Sabbath record, the stoner rock pop band). I always complain about too many bands’ vocals in aggressive music being one of those two-meter exhaust vent flaws keeping them from being something great. (I’d say that there are tons of post-punk bands with this flaw to name, but they escape me).

I can’t stand the RRRRROROROROOGHHHHH singers, yet more often than not I think the guitar/bass/drum music being created is fantastic. Vaz has a singer that sounds nothing like any other in hybrid post-punk guitar heavy music. At first, it was almost offputting, because I was expecting the flaw. But what I got was a singer who can sing! How goddamn refreshing!

ShortWaveRockin

Tracklist

1. Chartreuse Blues

2. Blockade

3. The 2nd

4. Z Train

5. Cutter

6. Sine Language

7. Prepare To Dive

8. Clone Theory

9. Throttle

10. Sickle

You can stream the entire album via Bandcamp or buy a vinyl version of the album via Sleeping Giant Glossolalia. cassette edition of the album from Damage Rituals  is sold out.

Reviews: Pitchfork | ShortWaveRockin | MVRemix


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