On their debut offering, London's Antlered Man showcased the prog-influenced sounds of a mental breakdown which took in influences as diverse as The Cardiacs and System of a Down. In places, this was an awkward and meandering record which had its moments, but overall struggled to show the band's full potential. On their second offering, Antlered Man have focused their sound a little bit and the results are staggering.
On 'This Devil Is Them', Antlered Man rely much less on winding, long epics and more on cacophonous bursts of brutality. This is demonstrated quite clearly on album opener 'The Ballad of Hamhock Fullsleeve' which opens the album with three and a half minutes of staccato guitar riffs and an absolutely punishing drum workout. Later in the song, falsetto vocals come in to sprinkle a little weirdness over the top. To say this is a more focussed album only covers it to a certain extent: this is a band who still sound like absolutely nobody else.
The punishing oral assaults continue with the riff frenzy of 'GDZ' and the brilliantly dissonant 'My Surname, My Cum', but elsewhere on the album Antlered Man experiment with their formula. 'Ian Will Break Again' is an intense, brooding and claustrophobic song with more ideas crammed into the length of an average pop song than most bands manage in their entire careers. 'Phoney Tough' sits on a lurching riff that would sit comfortably on a Mastodon album before the outro builds up with layers and layers of guitars and vocals to peak as one of the album's best moments.
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Every now and again, a band will come along and offer something so bizarre and different that it makes the task of writing about it very difficult indeed. One such band is Antlered Man, a kind of twisted post-rock metal band from London; however on Giftes 1 & 2 - their debut album - they twist and mutilate any formula with such reckless abandon and carefree whimsy that it is hard to put them in any sort of genre pigeon hole. Which is not necessarily a bad thing.
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