Released: 2000, Man`s Ruin
What a fucking mess. There’s just no better way to describe this CD than that. I don’t even know how to describe the style of music that Mass plays. I don’t know what Mass was shooting for here on this disc, but they missed it entirely. Really, this CD is just a buzzing mess of dissonant chords, off-key vocals that switch between moans and odd growls and long, wandering song passages. Does that make any sense? If so, someone email me and let me in on the secret, ‘cause I don’t get it. I mean, I’ve listened to this CD around 15 times and I still can’t really make sense of what the band is shooting for.
Opening with “White Lite Yellow Part 1”, Mass quickly establishes their anti-music establishment approach to song writing. They also establish that repetition is the name of their particular game. Repetition and lots of it. Yep, lots of repetition. O.K., I’m done now, but you get my point. What’s more, the repetition isn’t of the cool variety where the music transports you into a different place by putting you in a trance; this is just the annoying kind.
Occasionally some cool riffs do manage to rear their heads up from the muck, as in “Ghosts” and “Mistake” which actually do hit trance-ville. Still, the catchy and interesting moments are few and far between and the disc mostly just drones on and on with no end in sight. I dunno, the bio says that the Melvins are the closest equivalent so, I guess dive in if you’re into it but on your way by, pass me your copy of the new Iron Savior disc.