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Review: Big’n – Spare the Horses by Jayson
March 23, 2011, 9:02 am
Filed under: Review, Rock | Tags: , , ,

Last year every metal blog was reporting and discussing to death the revival of thrash metal. While this was going on, something else was happening that was greatly overshadowed by discussions about Municipal Waste: noise rock came back. This kinda crept up on me, with Kowloon Walled City, Fight Amp and KEN Mode. It wasn’t quite quick enough or polarizing enough for anyone to write blaring headlines about RE-NOISE or anything. Maybe because it’s all been extremely high quality stuff and everyone loves noise rock.

The only thing I can say that is bad about Big’n is that I missed them back in the day. Their last recording was in 2000. They had two albums and a split with the mighty Shellac. And yeah, these guys are up there with the mighty Shellac. Spare the Horses is brilliant; four songs of brutal noise rock. Big’n have that kind of rubbery sound in the bass that Shellac did. Listening to this, I am 100% sure that even though I missed them, the guys in PENTHOUSE/50 Tons of Black Terror didn’t; they sound just like Big’n. It’s the quintessential noise rock sound of menace and the tension of barely restrained anger.  For someone totally unfamiliar with their previous work, Spare the Horses puts Big’n side by side with the bands like Unsane and The Jesus Lizard, that deeply influenced my taste a decade ago. I am going to have to go back and get their old albums and that split if I can find it.

French label African Tape is releasing Spare the Horses on May 2nd. This EP gets my complete support. You need to get this.
– Jayson

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