You know sometimes split releases can be unfair. For you see it's not that Unpersons' deranged noisy rock contributions to "A Grey Sigh In A Flower Husk" are uninspired or bland; but after Baroness pretty much set bong water to boil for the first two tracks, the only thing Unpersons can do is try to tough it out.
Baroness have been developing their craft rapidly and their blend of progressive Mastodon-like primal tenacity with the whole 'Neurisis' forward reaching instrumentalism has officially hit its stride. Rife with epic droning build-ups stacked upon organic tones and powerful aggressive blow outs; the bands deceptively ragged approach to the two songs taken here is both colossal and intelligent. If this is the warning shot for their upcoming Relapse debut, then people best start building their bomb shelters now.
Unpersons meanwhile look back to the mid 90's noise rock scene for a foundation and toss in the poignancy and piercing abrasiveness bands like Daughters and The Locust thrive upon. Energetic to be sure there's an immediacy to their material that keeps it intens. But then again there's also an intended sloppiness to it that can make it come off like a drunk uncle trying to hip you to The Jesus Lizard. It's all a bit give and take but for the Baroness tracks alone this release is well, kind of essential.
(3.5 / 5)