Friday, September 7, 2012

Holy Molar - 2003 The Whole Tooth, And Nothing But The Tooth

Band : Holy Molar
Album : The Whole Tooth, And Nothing But The Tooth
Release Year : 2003
Genre : Experimental | Noisecore

Tracklist :
Disc 1
1. Pissing in the Rolex of Your Dreams
2. That Old Rugged Cross-Dresser
3. Hindsight 'Tween the Hind Legs
4. You're in Love, Holy Molar
5. Sunburnt Tongue
6. Just One Minute and Thirty-Six Seconds Closer to Smoke From the Crematorium

Disc 2
1. Flouride the Lightning
2. Deep C Odyssey (Holy Molar - The Song)
3. Deep Thought Eject Button
4. Drip! Drip! Drip!
5. Dungeons and Drag Queens, Part I
6. Dungeons and Drag Queens, Part II
7. Dungeons and Drag Queens, Part III

Holy Molar made this album sound like it was recorded in a jail. At the beginning or end of each song samples of prisoners rioting, jail guards yelling people to pull their pants up, and Holy Molar screaming "ITS GONNA BE A JAILBREAK TONITEEEEE" are played. This is no concept album, no lyrical themes I can decipher, or anything remotely related to a jail. I guess it's for some small humor value because I guess metal heads enjoy these kind of lame jokes.

I guess there in the music because Holy Molar is just one of those bands you don't take seriously, and in a good way. It's fun loud and heavy music. Being a side project of The Locust, you can tell where their lunacy is coming from. Using the similar synths and keyboards found in locust songs, Holy Molar creates a spazzy, grindish mix of metal very similar to The Locust.
The synths are possibly Holy Molar's strongest attribute. Sometimes creating dancy tunes like Dungeons And Drag Queens 2. Drip! Drip! Drip! makes good use of keyboards to create an eerie, somewhat ambient mix. But for the most part the synths try to stick to the grind sound the band is trying to achieve. Usually the synths are buzzing and thrashy and bear resemblance to Aphex Twin's Come To Daddy. Sometimes they even seem funky like in Deep Thought Eject Button

Even with the unique inclusion of keyboards in their music, Holy Molar don't exactly fuel themselves on originality. For all I can tell, it sounds like the vocalist screams the same things each song and the guitar blasts for the most part are similar. Though variety is not necessarily required to make music, it makes it all the more enjoyable. But Holy Molar know how to nail the spazzy/grind sound and make every minute of it listenable (even though there aren't many minutes at all). From the gagging vocals on One Minute And Thirty-Six to the weird timings on Sunburnt Tounge Holy Molar show that they know how spazzy music should be done: loud, fast, and crazy.

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