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BLACK ELK
ALWAYS A SIX, NEVER A NINE
CRUCIAL BLAST

Black Elk's unorthodoxically angular musical aggressiveness didn't fall from the sky, as this adventurous Portland, OR act's admiration for Jesus Lizard, Melvins, Voivod, Faith No More and Helmet to flashes of industrially-tinged thrash metal ("Brine") blatantly stare you in the face on the captivating 10-track ALWAYS A SIX, NEVER A NINE. This troupe contorts a steady diet of sinewy sludge rhythms and jagged guitar abrasions straight from the sewer into epic buildups swirling with a sinister dissonance while tremolo-fed harrowing senses of dread usually reserved for the corpsepainted contingent sticks out like a tombstone ("The Brazen Bull II", "Pig Crazy"). This album's constant barrage of voluminous soulcrushing grooves and vitriolic vocals ("Hold My Head", "Hospital") award this act the dubious distinction of being easy to love for purveyors of avant-garde off-kilter metal and too solid for naysayers to brush off as a mere knock-off.
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- Mike SOS