Just as we recommend albums to you, there are others that we feel it is our duty to steer you clear of. The Austerity Programís Terra Nova EP is one of the latter. I havenít heard every record that Hydrahead has put out, but I feel secure in saying that this is by far the worst thing to come out from that generally reliable label.
The Austerity Program is billed as being the music of two dorky, middle-class white guys trying to be hard. Donít expect a twist. Sure, there are elements that this duo does that speak of some interesting experimentation, but much of the time you get the impression that the Terra Nova EP is like an inside joke that youíre a third party to.
Itís kind of good for the first two and a half minutes. The guitar and bass have a nice ambiance to them. The sound of the instruments and the drum machine may be flat and too clinical, but it could be promising. However, whatever high hopes are dashed immediately once the first vocals are uttered. Out of control, cracking and limp, the feeble attempts at both extremity and something approaching melody doom this project. The way the lyrics come across as bad Beatnik poetry cements the notion of an album thatís attempting to be arty. Plainly avoid. (1/10)
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