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Bongripper & Winters in Osaka – Meat Ditch

Restraint demolishes this release, an unfortunate outcome from these Chicagoans. A successful collaboration would embellish the magnitude of both Bongripper and Winters in Osaka. But Meat Ditch lacks the heavy instrumental fallouts of the former and the boisterous noise infusions of the latter, ultimately seducing eardrums into unconsciousness. Meat Ditch denies these expectations in a single 19-minute track, on a three-inch CD limited to 100 copies. The collaborators are sometimes underrated, and, alas, they prove that in this release.

Meat Ditch (excerpt)

False impressions commence with a four-minute introduction. This isn’t to say that it lacks substance. Electric static builds like a jet engine preparing for takeoff. Restlessness spoils patience as tribal drums serenade pulsing blood. Just when senses adjust to this jungle-like air, the familiar low-tuned guitars drop and the plane is on the move?but not so fast. Guitars hit chord after chord, letting each one dangle for a few seconds before suspending silence with another monotonous strike. At 9:15, the plane finally jolts to a high point. It lingers there only for a moment before descending to a bleak, sharp ending. Meat Ditch isn’t taking anyone anywhere anytime soon. Hopefully Bongripper and Winters in Osaka won’t defy their potential in their upcoming full-lengths.

– Jess Blumensheid

Winters in Osaka

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