Thursday, January 26, 2012
Complete Failure--The Art Gospel of Aggravated Assault
Me: "It's (hot/cold/raining/dusty)"
Guy I have nothing in common with but have to acknowledge for some reason: "Yeah."
But out here, in Austin, there's very little crime, and our black people aren't particularly frightening, so people seem to have arbitrarily chosen the weather as something to get well versed in for the purposes of inane small talk. It's awkward for me, because more and more, I have to have quite long discussions about the weather with people that I would otherwise never talk to. And talking about the weather is boring! Our exchanges look like this:
Me: "It's (hot/cold/raining/dusty/crawling with snakes)"
Guy I have nothing in common with but have to acknowledge for some reason: "Have you seen the radar lately? It looks like there's an Arctic front about to sweep in from the Northwest, and it's bringing sleet and maybe some snow with it! It won't be as bad as Dallas is going to get, but you know how things are down here, when you're not expecting it to rain, that's when it rains. Let me show you on my phone (pulls out phone)...
[flash forward 11 minutes]
...and you can see how it almost looks like the pocket of rain in red is going to break apart and miss us, but then it comes right back together and hits us hard. One time, when my brother lived in Lakeway..."
This kind of exchange invariably bums me out, which drives me to my favorite remedy for the doldrums of my painfully mundane existence: brutal, crushing hardcore.
Enter Complete Failure. Last time we caught up with our hardcore heroes, we were talking about the subject of failure and their 2009 release Heal No Evil. Well, I can tell you that, being as dynamic and powerful as I am (you can't see it, but I'm kissing my enormous biceps right now), I managed to take failure and squeeze success out of it, even if my success is relative and can only be measured by noting that I haven't driven my car off a bridge yet. With their latest outing, The Art Gospel of Aggravated Assault, Complete Failure have done the same (though I don't know about the whole driving a car off a bridge thing in relation to the band).
What does Art Gospel have that other albums don't, you might be asking? Well, for one thing, it's got backwards talking. For another thing, it's got the "oh God I'm being attacked by an owl" shriek of frontman Joe Mack. And judging by that agonized screech that Mack produces, I'm guessing we're talking about a Great-Horned Owl attack. They have such crushing foot strength! The album also boasts some really impressive drum work from drummer Mike Rosswog, who the Interhole tells me used to be in Circle of Dead Children. D-boner, activate! Finally, the riffs of guitarist James Curl evoke the more crushing punk rock aesthetics available to modern man, sounding like a crazed caveman painting naked ladies on the wall of his cave during a peyote-induced mania. Cavemen used to do that, right?
In short, it's the perfect package for the crusty of discerning taste.
"And what makes them so angry?" you might be asking. "I'm frightened of these young roustabouts and their guitar music!"
Well, the Interbung tells me that they're from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I've never been there, but sources deep in the know tell me that the only people who like Pittsburgh and people who spend their time yelling "Go Steelers!" and waving towels over their heads. They're also usually covered in soot.
I make no secret of the painful, swollen, granite-hard boner I have for crusty, grinding hardcore, and Complete Failure don't hesitate to cradle and stroke my D-boner with the tender care that only crusty, grinding hardcore can provide. Art Gospel is a towering maelstrom of powerful, ugly hardcore that sates even the most discriminating boners. If you're looking for a good old-fashioned D-boner extravaganza, why don't you go to their Bandcamp site and listen to the album for free? Or you can catch up on ComFail news and views at their website.