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The Pope
Jazzman Cometh
Wäntage USA
www.wantageusa.com


Like an artillery barrage of music, The Pope comes out of left field delivering an apocalyptic punk rock similar to The Plot To Blow Up The Eiffel Tower. It is one part atomic fusion energy, one part distortion laced effervescence, one part batter-your-brains-out drums and one part sadistic yell-fuck. Needless to say this is not for the meek of heart.

What sets this band apart is the way they use the cacaphoney to hammer the listener into submission, based in nominal structure the levels are driven to eleven so that everything is distorted beyond comprehension. There is a beautiful, but abrasive, ambiance that is achieved. All parts contribute to the mindfuck equally as they batter the senses and add to the chaos. Two instruments deserve special note though: the drums and the bass. In the melee of music these two could conceivable be called the rocks in the storm as they provide consistency. The drums aptly tie the individual pieces together while maintaining a breakneck succession of alterations, the bass - distorted to no end - takes up a main line position and helps keep focus on the whole.

So what do you need to do? You need to pick up a copy of this album and give it to your mother, and when she realizes the end has come, you can sit back and smile as you crank your own system to eleven and wait for the four horsemen to come and take you away.

-bishop

Track listing:

1) Grip Of The Grape
2) Boots And Pants
3) Bravo Strappado
4) Corpus Christi
5) Crazy New Punk In Town
6) Jazzman Cometh


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