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Drunk Dad: Morbid Reality
Ambience, Hardcore, Noise, Sludge Metal
Eolian Empire
June 7th, 2013
Release length: 15:22
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Portland has been showing plenty of emerging bands classified more as Noise, “Noisemongers,” or even “Noisenicks.” Once again, we’re greeted by another entry into that field with the band Drunk Dad, a group that mixes the Noise element with Hardcore, Sludge, and a bit of Ambience. Recently, the band issued a fitting warning with their song “S.O.U.” prominantly on display in Eidolan Empire’s recent compilation Keep Our Heads, and now presents a four track twelve-inch vinyl titled Morbid Reality. But, does this show a group full of potential, or it literally just nothing but noise?

“Guts” mixes mid-tempo Sludge with some slower, tension building Hardcore. There’s a good deal of feedback and other noises in some spots that do enrich the background a bit, as well as make for some interesting psychadelic Ambience. The first of this hits a little more than three minutes in, presenting some monotone dialogue that sounds more like the ramblings of some kind of cult leader, but not quite as effective. It’s a good song, but after four minutes it does start to drag out. After this seven minute plus opening, the track lengths do shorten, a good thing given how tight the songs sound at these lengths, as well as the variety Drunk Dad churns out.

“Seizure” is a much faster and enthusiastic assault on the lister, showing a hint of Grindcore attitude. The drumming is very tight, having a bit of tribal influence outside the chorus and bridge. The solo matches that speed, and eats up a good chunk of the time. While it isn’t too impressive, it suits the flow as the song reaches a swift climax that bleeds into an ambient introduction of humming from the guitars to give the sensation of travelling through some kind of vortex with pigs squeeling in the background. This effect makes up the whole song, cutting out in time to let “Scum Fee” kick in with a truly infectious groove that will make you head bang right along to the rhythm. It sticks to this beat most of the time, though a random blastbeat passage towards the end does throw the timing off just slightly to give it a twisted, distorted sense you can pick up on easily enough.

If you’ve ever been on a bad acid trip, or always wanted to subject yourself to one, Morbid Reality has you covered. Drunk Dad isn’t going to blow you away just yet, but the way the group molds their Noise and Ambient pieces together on Morbid Reality does create a truly psychadelic experience that is well worth taking note of. In the growing Noise community of today, this is a group that, with a little more growth and nurturing of those stand out elements, has the potential to help elevate the style to another level alongside the many other big names in the field. Until then, this over fifteen minute offering is a nice place to start, even if “Guts” does go on for much longer than it really should.

01. Guts – 7:53
02. Seizure – 1:21
03. Ritual – 3:14
04. Scum Fee – 2:54
Initial Pressing Score: 7/10

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Digital review copy of this release provided by Eolian Empire via Earsplit PR.