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Baptists - Baptists 7"

Tapehead   (41 reviews)

Posted: 02/21/2011 | Comments: 1 | Rate:

Bridging the gap between metal and jazz, it would be a fairly easy and consensual assessment to throw all my comparisons onto the shoulders of Dilinger Escape Plan and Converge when discussing Vancouver metal quartet, Baptists, noting irregularities of rhythm, free jazz arrangements (or, lack thereof)…etc.

As risky as it is to acknowledge jazz’s finest in regards to as obscure a release as Baptists’ four-song 7,” the song “Life Poser” made me think of drummer Tony Williams, the song’s two-stick persistence indicative of Williams’ type of compositional battery. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, check out “Freedom Jazz Dance” from Miles Davis’ Miles Smiles, listen to Williams on the kit and then check out Baptists. There’s something to be said about the extreme nature of bebop and how it can coincide with the loud and aggravated posturing of something like Baptists. After all, bebop was threatening for its time. It only makes sense that Baptists utilize a dangerous formula and add their own ingredients to increase its toxicity.

For four songs, the band exudes a creativity that’s both very apparent and buried under the weight of their attack. “Good Parenting” seems able enough to do some damage, hardcore-driven speed and intensity that’s never quits. But, “Bachelor Degree Burn” harnesses both energy AND patience. The song takes its time, realizing that the wad’s been blown and that all those seeking immediate gratification have been sated. So, the band spends its B-side doing something interesting and expanding on their brand of brutality. The results are welcome and destructive.

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