Kowloon Walled City "Gambling on the Richter Scale" LP+CDPosted on Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 @ 10:33pm » permalink
As before, when I wrote about their "Turk Street" EP, a lot of other sites are already saying a lot of good things about "Gambling on the Richter Scale" – the first full-length effort from Kowloon Walled City (released by The Perpetual Motion Machine). And rightfully so, as these eight songs/37 minutes expand on their brand of thick, pounding rhythms and dingy, grimy (yet well produced, mind you) textures with smatterings of somber clean passages, subtle little bits of melody, and loads of great little winding riffs that offer up some warped dissonance that I'm all over. And all the while they've maintained the balance with slower and more spacious areas while also taking sludgy standards to even heavier depths than before. And seriously, this thing sounds fuckin' amazing. Recorded in their rehearsal space!? Incredible! I totally love the fact that the basslines play such a huge role in the material. Killer. If you've foolishly remained in the dark about these cats, remedy that problem immediately. That's all I'm gonna say…
Once more the band has taken the most admirable road of making the entire album available as a free download via their website, so… you can always grab that here:
However, for a mere $11 you'll get a colored vinyl LP (housed in a gloss varnish full-color jacket, no less) and a silkscreened sleeve-packaged CD of the album. So, yeah, in case you're not so good with the math, that's an unfuckingbeatable deal. Insane.
@ The Perpetual Motion Machine (LP+CD)