STAER: s/t CD Discorporate
Self-titled crushing six-track debut from this Norwegian three piece that was pretty much nailing it from the moment I hit play.
With a colossal raucous guitar racket accompanied by psychotic electronics, thundering percussion and gruelling bass lines, this can only be described as what would happen if you dragged the guitar sludge of Melvins and placed it in a blender with Eyehategod and Acid Bath with the volume turned up to eleven. Nothing about this release holds back, not one iota. That’s not to say there’s nothing musical about Staer, quite the opposite in fact. These Viking noisemongers approach music much in the same way that much of the No-Wave scene does, albeit in a more traumatic and blistering fashion.
There’s a method to the madness as it unfolds and it’s blatantly obvious that talent soars throughout their Nordic veins, with a pace that is cleverly dictated as to drag the listener into the mire with scarce, quieter (so to speak) moments, only to bludgeon them over the head with a large lump hammer.
This is an impressive debut album from start to finish, with a well thought out display of skill that is never overshadowed by the analogue brutality that they so obviously wield by the bucket load