Friday, March 2, 2018

LP Review: "Neon Crosses" by Leechfeast

Neon Crosses
To be quite frank about own personal history, it would be difficult be both honest and forthright about my personal television viewing habits should sitcoms and romcoms be avoided.

Perhaps it was the lonely life I led as a bullied nerd back in my younger days, or the Arnold Rimmer level of confidence I had with the opposite sex, or just the plain old life has gotta be better than this that led me to these fictional, idealized worlds.

The it's not you it's me line.

There've been no less than 872 romcom movies and 3,248 sitcom television episodes where this was the central tenet.

Now, in my more senior, though still younger days, heartbreak was no stranger to me and folks have left me, suave though I am not, now. Never once in any ending of a romantic coupling, friendship, band, or family separation was the line, it's not you, it's me been uttered.

Probably Not Leechfeast
So, this album has been running around my inbox for nigh on a month now.

This isn't the first time I've listened to it. It was interesting, but didn't catch me.

Normally that would be something to move away from, but this is a Dry Cough Records release.

They've earned some cache with me to give their music some extra attention. Normally my system is catch me if you can and if not, I'm going to look for new fish.

Because of the previous quality of Dry Cough records, I couldn't just walk away from it. Could this be a classic case of It's Not Your It's Me?

Well, when you consider my life experience, and most likely yours as well, probably not. The weird thing is, this album is relevant to my interests. It's a four track disc full of epic fuzzed out doom metal.

However, it's not progressive. It's not complex. It's simply four very long bludgeoning tracks of doom metal. It might even be the slowest record I have ever heard in my whole life.

So, on listen number 27, I turned the volume up. This whole time, I'd been listening to it as something to see if it catches me. This album is a horse of a whole other color.

The tracks aren't songs. This is probably the first time you'll ever hear me say that, but it's true.

Each piece of this record is an emotional capsule. While you listen to it, you won't hear verses, choruses, and melodies, but you'll feel emotion.

So, in conclusion, it wasn't them it was me, because I wasn't seeing their work on their terms and I wasn't consuming it the way I should have been.

Change your expectations and turn up your stereo.

Release: 3/30/18
Genre: Doom Metal
Label: Dry Cough Records/Guillotine or Rope

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