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Album Review

Montreal's AIDS Wolf return to making full-length releases after an EP, the psychotic Lovvers LP, Clash of the Life-Force Warriors, and their split with Athletic Automaton. Anyone familiar with AIDS Wolf's particular brand of noise has an idea of what to expect. For the uninitiated or traumatized, Cities of Glass (a paraphrase on Paul Auster's City of Glass? Who knows?) is more extreme than anything this quartet — two guitars, drums, and completely flip-to-wig city warbling and screaming from vocalist Claudia Deluxx — have issued before. A tad more rhythmic than Wolf Eyes, more mental than the Double Leopards, less goodwill-oriented than Sunburned Hand of the Man — and far less musical — these ten "songs" are drenched in aggression, hate, nihilism, and not much else. In other words, they sound a little bit like a less structured, less metallic version of the earliest incarnation of White Zombie (the band that made Psycho-Head Blowout and Soul Crusher). That's fine, an endurance listening test every once in a while is good for the soul and all, but it does beg the question as to who actually likes this brand of self-consciously mischievous aural sadism. Sometimes it's so full of its own self-indulgence and deliberate extremism it feels almost like evil. That said, AIDS Wolf tours internationally so someone must dig them — even if it's for the spectacle. Once upon a time the Sex Pistols pissed people off, so did Germs, Black Flag, Crass, and Throbbing Gristle, to name a few. This is far more infantile; buying a record like this strictly for pleasure is almost scary. For what it is, it works in spades: playing this at loud volume (the only way to play it really) will guarantee hostile looks from neighbors and visits from the local police and perhaps mental health inspectors. Go for it.

Customer Reviews

I love this

I love silly band aid wolf and blood brothers or aunt beaph. aids wolf is music that you most buy.

The review up there is lame

The review up there is kinda lame. Aids Wolf kick a** and you don't have to be crazy to like them. They definitely are insane and intense, but there is quite a lot to get out of this music. I have their 3 albums on itunes and they are very well done, focused (in some ways), and unique. But you probably won't quite like it at first if you haven't heard anything at all near it...Fans of HEALTH, Ponytail, Indian Jewelry, Sic Alps, Times New Viking will probably be intrigued at least, by Aids Wolf. I personally really like all those bands and I think Aids Wolf is amazing.

mmmmm aids

All I have to say is see this band live. It's a combination of pagan rituals and soul purging. I felt like a new, somewhat more deaf, man after seeing them. And the record allows the possibility for the same thing to happen wherever it's playing.


Formed: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A noisy experimental band with "improv tendencies," AIDS Wolf initially played gigs with the Unicorns, Wolf Parade, and others in the Montreal indie scene, but their chaotic sound has much more to do with Whitehouse, PRE, and An Albatross, bands they've also shared the stage with. After touring across Canada, AIDS Wolf kicked off their first European tour in early 2006 as their debut, The Lovvers LP, was being jointly released by Skin Graft and Lovepump United. Next, they challenged members of Athletic...
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