The Messiah (Crustacean
Records) This the first release in a new age of music-- 26 debut 'The
Messiah' is the beginning of a new dawn. Over the decades of modern music,
there have always been those bands that have heralded a new sound upon the
ears of listeners, giving birth to what becomes an entirely new genre of
music, this is one of those bands.
I suppose I shouldn't be surprised given the
artist's former band 'The Crucifucks' released 2 of the greatest 1980s
hardcore albums ever made! Hopefully by now, every self respecting
revolutionary has heard 'The Crucifucks' classics like "Democracy
Spawns Bad Taste" and "Hinkley Had a Vision".
since the first time I heard 'The Crucifucks' I was hooked! They were
angry-- so angry, with a distinct sound, better than expected guitar
playing, and lyrics that burned a hole right through my brain.
For hardcore bands of the mid to late 1980s, 'The
Crucifucks' were one of the best! The odd thing about 'The Crucifucks' was
that they never toured, I always hoped and waited, but they never came
'round, and then after their second record, '
' was released they were gone - Gone for something like 10 years!
I was happy enough when in 1992, they combined
the first and second albums onto one CD, called 'Our Will Be Done' (It's
still available from Alternative
Tentacles), and then in '96 there was a third release 'L.D. Eye.'
Finally, in the late 1990s they toured-- I
couldn't believe when I heard 'The Crucifucks' were playing in town-- I
dragged my ragged old ass all the way across town to see them-- and even
15 years later it was a dream come true! I stood in awe as their songs
came to life on stage, and then as singer Doc Corbin Dart, wielded his
guitar overhead like a samari sword before diving into the audience to
beat a guy insistent on testing the singer's patience -- the guitar won.
Then, laying a finger on the side of his nose they were gone in flash.
Now there is '26', the sea has parted, the trees
have reached up onto their toes, the animals are rejoicing because '26' is
finally here to set things straight! The singer and driving force behind
'The Crucifucks' has changed his name from Doc Corbin Dart to
"26" -- yeah, that's right, the number twenty-six. It's
mystical, okay? FU if you don't understand!
Doc Corbin Darts, aka 26, is a prophet and a
mystic. He is one with the animals and does not like the human race so
much. He is broken, he has been betrayed, he has been beaten down, and he
has. In real life, he has been sued and jailed repeatedly for doing
nothing more than standing up for his own human rights, he is a true
revolutionary! Through this persecution he grew alienated from the human
race, turning to mysticism and nature, he has cultivated his own
mythology; he has formulated the answers of life and unlocked the keys to
the truth. Developing a stream of consciousness only a true master could
The music, especially the guitar work, is complex
and multileveled. Dually, the guitar is rough and raw, somewhere between
classic western and the earliest incarnation of punk rock. The music
itself goes as far out as the spaciest psychedelic rock of the early
1970s, and is as tightly wound as that of Buddy Holly's golden
The lyrics are mind blowing, zooming at the
listener like shooting stars of mystical knowledge, pure anger, and
hopeless despair. Songs are odes to executed killer Eileen Woronos, occult
scholar Helena Blavatsky who taught Aleister Crowley, and there is of
course The Bunster, but he isn't for me to speak of. Lyrics like "Infantcide/
The love supreme/ A life denied/ The World Redeemed", and
"Someone has always got to pay, when you're in denial it all makes
sense." show anger is here, and a dangerously dark wit.
The song "Oblivious" is a perfect sample of
this release, and can be downloaded from the Crustacean Records website.
"Oblivious" is godspeak, it is
masterful, it is a masterpiece, it is perfection!
Don't wait any longer, get this CD!- Amy Bugbee