The Golden Triumph of Naked Hostility
Men's Recovery Project
Reviewed by Megan Shaw
Monday, December 21 1998, 10:55 PM
The Residents meet Born Against, then meet Tangerine Dream, then meet B-movie Sci-Fi film soundtracks... it is impossible to generalize about this record. Golden Triumph's 60 short tracks are immensely varied between the good old fashioned hardcore that MRP members Sam McPheeters and Tonie Joy formerly played in Born Against, and heavily synthesized pieces that are occasionally melodic but more often not. This record is an assembly of tracks from 72s and one micro-EP put out between 1993 and 1998, during which years the group obviously spent time expressing themselves in dozens of styles. The tracks are consistent only in being a surprise from one to the next. Each track is only around a minute long, so the experience of listening to the whole record straight through is a choppy one. There is didjeridoo music (from their Australian release Immense Ovary Project,) robotic beeps and gurgles mixed with trance-like synthesizers. The next minute MRP are grinding their guitars and shrieking anguished social commentary. I especially liked "New Human" (from the New Human micro-EP), which makes some points everyone should consider when contemplating parenthood, and "Rude Scientist," which sounds like a tripped-out clip from a science fiction film that was never made. I recommend this record for MRP fans who want to own all this material without tracking down the individual records that it's compiled from.
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