Coming kicking, screaming and fighting out of my speakers is the latest release from San Francisco’s Prank Records and collates Artimus Pyle’s Civil Dead 12” EP with their Cold Cold Earth 7” to CD. Although to most people this would merely seem like some godawful racket, I can’t help but feel strangely impressed by the way Artimus Pyle have styled this music. The pulverisingly heavy low-end tonnage seems to act as a soundtrack to the disturbingly bleak artwork and lyrics, slaming and crashing it’s way around twisted words of self-destruction selfless-deprecation and despair, both wrestling with each other, arm in arm.
This fiercely commanding racket brings to mind somewhat chaotic scenes of Armeggedon, as is exemplified particularly well in ‘Closed Casket’. This track pounds you with such awesome powerful force, as if heralding the arrival of some supreme gigantic slimy bile-spewing demon slowly appearing over the crest of a hill about to prepare for a battle with a similarly smelly being.
This music is best played at very high volume. Turn it up to 11 and Artimus Pyle are in their element, like a heavier, faster, more psychotic UNSANE, crushing and spewing out fearsome screams of frustration at the injustice that life brings as well as society’s apathetic attitude at social & political change in the line _ “the only sin is your silence” _.
This is loud. This is fast. This is angry. Need I say more?
8Mat Hocking's Score