Sunday, April 01, 2007
Man, hard to believe it's been 20 years since this was recorded. Still sounds good, I must say, and goes some way toward the argument that rock works best when it's being created by 20-year olds. Mixing prog more muscular than King Crimson at its best with thrash with, most surprisingly, dub as well as a dash of Funkadelic, Blind Idiot God (pretty great band name) tore things up for a couple of years in the late 80s. Probably at their best here, though the follow up on Enemy, marred only slightly by Zorn's presence on a couple of tracks, is fine as well. Actually the last album on Avant is OK too, just that they're clearly covering old ground by that time. I understand they re-united last year (different drummer) and played Tonic, though I never heard anything about the music.
Andy Hawkins (I can never quite look at a BIG album without thinking of the Yankee pitching bust) did some interesting work in the 90s for some of Laswell's imprints as "Azonic", iirc. Always expected more good work from these fellows and maybe it's out there but I've missed it.
But this one has some mighty ferocious work, full of bravado and heedlessness. Wonder if their kids are forming a band....