Noothgrush "Live For Nothing" 2xLP

Noothgrush "Live For Nothing" 2xLP

Southern Lord
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The 7” EP was both a blessing and a curse in the 90’s. They were cheap to produce and sell, which meant small labels could produce them easily and that you could walk away from a show with new music even if you only had 2 or 3 bucks to spare. Of course, the rub was that they were pumped out at such a pace they were tough to keep up with. Every week it seemed like Spazz had a half dozen new splits out, and lord knows how many now forgotten bands managed to release one or two EPs before dropping off the face of the earth.

Noothgrush were one of those bands who loved the 7”. They released more than a half dozen splits before releasing a full length, which was more of a compilation that included songs culled from earlier splits and a few unreleased songs. Tracking all those individual, long out of release records now is a tough proposition, but thankfully the band is seeing something of a renaissance this year. Emetic Records has reissued their absolutely essential “Failing Early, Failing Often” compilation and Southern Lord has blessed us with not one, but two live performances from one of the best sludge bands from back in the day.

Noothgrush helped define an agonizingly slow blend of doom and sludge, a sound carried on by more well known contemporaries Grief and Corrupted. They could groove like Eyehategod but preferred to dwell at lower tempos, dragging riffs like corpses from a combine. A decade before Khanate blew the doors off extreme doom with Things Viral, Noothgrush was one of the standard bearers of for super-slow, ultra-crushing metal.

Live for Nothing compiles two live radio shows, 18 tracks totaling over 80 minutes of material from the band at their peak. Brutal and nauseatingly slow, Noothgrush trawl the depths of human misery (and Star Wars lore) for inspiration for their brand of bleak dirge. From the stoney grooves on “Derrel’s Porno Song” to the crawling doom of “Erode the Person”, Noothgrush are bereft of the pretension that plagues so many modern bands. This is no-shit, straight up, heavy-heavy, sludge.

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