Too Sick to Dance (Forever Fucked)
The liner notes boast that this album was written and recorded in 20 days, which, by itself, may not be that great a feat until you consider that most of the songs here turn their backs on just about everything else this band has recorded. Tracks often segue into one another through feedback or background noise and even the sound of running water at one point.
While the biggest shocker here may be the potentially career-killing use of an acoustic guitar, it works to serve as basically a solo effort by guitarist Jay Golday in “Los Angeles,” a quiet little song.
In contrast, Suicide Note makes several attempts at perfecting the art of loud. “Let’s Get Hit” sounds like the basement demo of some acid punks with its reverb heavy guitars and anti-anthem chorus, “Let’s get fired up!” “Black Pony” is a big nasty jam that has to rank as one of the heaviest songs the ’Note has ever done. But one of the more backwards songs here is “Full Price,” a track that just grinds with intensity to the point that you’ll find yourself coming back to it, so that it may all soak in at once. Haunting guitars, distorted drums, harmonic chanting and percussive hits of piano keys paint this song with colors seen only in nightmares.
Too Sick to Dance (Forever Fucked) is a successful experiment in balancing noise and silence. And if nothing else, it pushes this ever-evolving band further away from what is known as or thought to be traditional metal or hardcore. Catch the band playing some of the new material at the Melody Inn this Monday, Oct. 25.