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Old Man Gloom — The Ape Of God I

Estimated reading time: 2 minute(s)

★★★☆ The first half of this double album finds Old Man Gloom in an even more experimental mood than ever before. Sure, we still here the crushing noisescapes that we heard on the group’s previous album, “NO,” but these are shorter now, as are the more “conventional” songs. Speaking of which, the band seem to be caught between different identities. Sometimes, you can hear their Isis roots very clearly. Other times, they’re almost Ballouesque in their punk sensibilities. And sometimes they come across like Merzbow with even more overdrive. Long story short: this is a damn fine Boris album. It’s pretty listenable, too! I wonder what happened to their antisocial tendencies.