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Album Review

An insane trip, each of Fanning the Flames of Fire's 35 tracks features someone screaming at the top of their lungs — and only a select few clock in over a minute. 7000 Dying Rats have a wacked-out grindcore sound that is not only heavily influenced by the projects of legendary saxophonist John Zorn, but there's also a huge homage to metal, even if it seems like they're making a parody of it. Despite their tributes, there's not one ounce of seriousness that comprises 7000 Dying Rats, making Fanning the Flames of Fire much more of an enjoyable earful with songs like "As Narcissus Catches His Own Reflection in the Party Ball" and "Ozzy Looked Like Bea Arthur on the Ultimate Sin Tour."


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Chicago's 7000 Dying Rats have been around in one form or another since 1992, playing a style they refer to as straight-up comedy grind. Considering how many different people have played in the Rats and appeared on their recordings (30 would be a conservative estimate), it is probably more fitting to classify them as a "collective" than an actual band. As vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Toney Vast-Binder described it, "The lineup seems to be dictated by who ever we happen to be drinking with at the...
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