Corrections House – Last City Zero by Ben Spencer

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/ Label: Neurot Recordings
Released: 2013

Band Line up:
Mike IX Williams
Scott Kelly
Bruce Lamont
Sanford Parker

Album Track listing:
1. Serve Or Survive
2. Bullets and Graves
3. Party Leg and Three Fingers
4. Run Through the Night
5. Dirt Poor and Mentally Ill
6. Hallows of the Stream
7. Last City Zero
8. Drapes Hung by Jesus

There’s always something alluring about when a bunch of well-respected musicians converge and pull their resources into one cohesive package. Such is the case with Corrections House, as Mike IX Williams (Eye Hate God) and Scott Kelly (Neurosis) join forces into what could potentially be that much needed breath of fresh air that Post Metal has been lacking; yet has sorely needed for some time now. The 50 minute voyage into the unrestrained and quite often hard to pin point style of music focuses around themes of societal ruin and psychological decay.

‘Serve of Survive’ opens with clean guitars and a strong electronic resonance, whilst Scott’s vocals remain as distinctively clear as ever. The opener undergoes a mechanical makeover in the form distorted electronic waves before culminating into an all out assault of lethal sounding guitars and weighty drums.
In complete contrast, the savagely bass gruelling sound of ‘Bullets and Graves’ barges through at full force amidst the blistering and relentlessly hazy guitars and galloping drum work.

The acoustic tones of ‘Run Through the Night’ are a welcome addition to the bands versatile sound and help raise the bar higher as the track glides effortlessly through your ears depicting sombre imagery in your minds eye.

Meanwhile, ‘Dirt Poor and Mentally Ill’ throws all the raw sounding aggression into a new dimension with a spoken dialogue running parallel throughout which giving the atmospheric touches a tighter sounding grip on your senses.

Personal highlight, ‘Hallows of the Stream’ plays out with a tension fuelled density that becomes almost impossible not be pulled in by. Despite is melodic passages, there is a strong sense of quality control within the instrumentation and that hooks you into its trance like wake.

This is a worthy outlet for those who are either looking for something different within the genre of post metal or simply those who are intrigued by this congregation of highly esteemed musicians. However, the record doesn’t come without its flaws. Primarily some of the vocals didn’t feel as balanced as what they could have been and the screechy sounding shrieks became tiresome before long. With some further refinery and time to grow as a band, they could be onto something quite revolutionary, as there is plenty of potential and creativity to propel these guys to new heights in the years to follow.