GLITTER GLAMOUR ATTROCITY - White Hills (Self-Released)
With no prior knowledge of this power trio, my first experience with their music was in a live setting in March 2007 when they opened for Vincent Black Shadow. I was absolutely blown away with their sound/performance: wah wah freak out, a pounding rhythm section, sound effects and smoke. Dave Weinberg, the band's guitarist, wrestled with his Les Paul and remained aggressive in his extended soloing. Ego Sensation, the band's bassist and Bob Bellomo, drummer followed him and pushed the band into the limits of heaviosity. A performance that prompted me to want to hear more from the band. A few days later, I was able to contact the band, exalt praise on their live set and procure a copy of their self-released CD "Glitter Glamour Atrocity" for review.
The White Hill CD starts off with an spoken word introduction "Air" in which the narrator discusses consciousness, which is soon followed by a synth piece "Waves". The band is successful in creating a mood. A similar type of vibe that you would find any of those great early 70's German Psych records (see: Guru Guru, Amon Duul). The band then launches into "Under Skin or by Name" which was a highlight of their live show and features a locked step of riffing, and extended soloing by Dave Weinberg. The drumming is absolutely great and the bass has a great post-punk feel we all know and love.
In general, a strong point for the band is how they approach music: well developed songs, great playing and creating moods. The latter becomes apparent on the next three songs on the CD. "Spirit of Exile" features a propulsive type of drum sound, not unlike the great Neu!, and has a fuzzed out solo which is then played backwards towards the end of the tune.
"Distance" is an interlude comprised of synth and guitar tones. The song then resorts to a feedback drone and heads into a beautiful instrumental acoustic piece "Somewhere Along the Way". Again, as always great guitar work by Weinberg. The band then returns, in full bombastic fashion, on the track "Love Serve Remember". The band's heavier capabilities really shine on the track. The vocals have a repetitive aspect; feedback is used in a percussive manner; and the song soon dissolves into a sound collage comprised of the sounds of bombs - jets/news recordings. As soon as the song is over, the song is looped and a different variation is played on top of the older track complete with over the top, acid lead guitar work. "Passage" soon follows, and that is exactly what the title suggests - a journey to the next song. The CD title track follows: an epic 13:47 minute title track that displays all the band's talent. The playing is inspired, intense and builds to a crescendo where David Weinberg let's it all fly. The rhythm section remains committed to following pace with maniacal intensity. As the band reaches its creative apex, the members then slow the pace and end the song in a more subdued manner. Once the song ended, I was saying to myself "Wow!"
You will be hard pressed to find a more exciting CD of heavy psych rock action than "Glitter Glamour Atrocity". You really have got to get this!!!
- Arthur S
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