Årabrot - Solar Anus
Getting past the absurdly brilliant album title, Årabrot's fourth full-length Solar Anus is as disgustingly down-tuned and heavy an album as you’d expect from these Norwegian noise-rock kings.
This time around, the band have enlisted the services of legendary knob-twiddler and all round grump Steve Albini and, as such, their piercing riffs and percussive attack are as clear as ever. Dispensing with a lot of the dense fuzz that characterised their previous records, their sound bears more than a passing resemblance to The Melvins, which can be no bad thing. However as a whole, this album just doesn’t sound as disgusting and in your face as its predecessor, with tracks like ‘Nubile’ and ‘Odine’ sounding a little flat. No doubt these songs will be as aggressive as ever when played live but, on record, Solar Anus does seem to be lacking somewhat.