, attached to 2004-08-12

Review by TheEmu

TheEmu I'll be the first one to admit that there is plenty of great music to be found in 2003 and 2004. This show doesn't have a lot of it, IMHO. The YEM-> Ghost is interesting, and the Maze -> Catapult-> Maze is pretty cool, with a very dark, ominous feel to it. The highlight of the show, for me, was the 20+ min. Scents and Subtle Sounds. It might not be everyone's cup of tea, as it's one of those atmospheric, sometimes droning jams; feedback and fuzz layered richly to make a brooding wall of sound. For some reason, I like those jams better than much of the funk grooves of '97.

Alas, the rest of the show is full of the painful moments, mistakes, and harsh guitar work that were rampant during the dark times. Overall, not the train wreck status that some shows achieved, but certainly unpleasant enough at times. Without the benefit of the aforementioned jams, I'd give it two stars; with them, I think it merits a solid 3.


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