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Album Review

There's an interesting conflation of styles on Zach Hill's first album for the artsy Kill Rock Stars offshoot 5 Rue Christine. The album's title is Shred Earthship, and that part's dead on the money: forget the whole concept of hooks, melody, rhythmic complexity, all of that. This album is about one thing and one thing only: just how extreme Hill can get. But the majority of shred albums are wedded to lumbering, pedestrian metal rhythm sections, and that's where the 5 Rue Christine influence comes in here — Hill's unhinged free jazz playing. Clearly improvised as one giant 77-minute performance and broken into 19 individually titled segments seemingly at random, Shred Earthship is where Derek Bailey and Yngwie Malmsteen meet.

Customer Reviews

Not For The Weak

I been waiting for a collaboration between these two for a long time now. Zach Hill of Hella fame pits his schizophrenic jazz-meets-extreme-metal drumming against Mick Barr's chromatic, Slayer-solo noodling. Insane, repetetive, and most importantly (especially for a noise album) thought-provoking stuff.


Genre: Alternative

Lightening-quick progressive metal guitar player Mick Barr has been a member of the the bands Crom-tech, Quix*o*tic, and Octis, as well as part of a duo with Hella drummer Zach Hill. His latest project, Lohargh Wended, released in early 2007,...
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