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The Astroglides - Penetrate with...dotdotdotdot
artworkTen gnarly dark surf instros and five vocals grace this demo of their new album in the works. These tracks are "unmixed," but none the less display a strong and original band that blends unnatural theremin and throatcore nastiness with surf. With a careful mix clarifying the goings on, this will become a killer release. Vocals include "When I Sat On A Bottle" (like a audio performance of Surf Nazi's Must Die), "Is Bomba Looking For A Snorkel?," "Old Woman," "The Freckler," and "Silence (a children's Chanukah poem)."
Picks: Dark Surf, Omar Shariff Ballad, Sewerpipe Ride, Kabbalah Fucker, Horsepower, Eli, Batman, Time Bomb, Moment Of Truth, Mystic Sphinx-ter

Track by Track Review


Dark Surf dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Ultra heavy surf grind, with a solid double picked lead, reverbed and strong over an intense feedback howl, from what sounds like a wailing Theremin. Strong drums and bass, and an overall evil texture. This would be a great track if well recorded in a studio.

Omar Shariff Ballad dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Non melodic, dark assaultive and powered with mean doubled picked guitar over insane wailing Theremin. It invokes images of insane asylum surf rides around Aldebaran, with the white coats in hot pursuit. Very hostile.

Sewerpipe Ride dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dark surfcore, evil progressions and disturbing Theremin wails. Very heavy and warlike. If this is what a "Sewerpipe Ride" feels like... well, who would want to. Damn mean.

Kabbalah Fucker dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Yikes... nasty tones, thrashing speed, howling wails, and interruptive screams of throaty anger. This is a desert war at machine gun speed, and fought against aliens of other words.

Horsepower dotdotdotdot
Sci-Fi Surfcore (Instrumental)

Great galloping heavily reverbed storm surf for the end of time... not melodic, but utterly destructive of serenity. Monster sounds and high powered bashing. Howl onward, oh Theremin the great!

Eli dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Eli" is a very dramatic number, with a big drive and mind bending wail. It's hard to imagine surf this dark, but here it is. Charge with power and drive.

Batman dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Neil Hefty certainly didn't expect this sort of thing. Nearly every other cover of the theme from the TV show is silly or playful, or dry witted at best. This is hugely nasty, with that maniacal Theremin and the throatcore chorus. Too much!

Time Bomb dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Raging drums and flying double picked low-E guitar deliver an image of disaster... a melodic all be it evil riff and just plain impaling speed... man-oh-man.

Moment Of Truth dotdotdotdot
Sci-Fi Surfcore (Instrumental)

An immense pummeling of the Original Surfaris' best known tune, taken to the edge of the darkness of space, where only the inverted insane can understand, and where outlanders truly rule. Immense!

Mystic Sphinx-ter dotdotdotdot
Sci-Fi Surfcore (Instrumental)

What, a slower piece? Yeah, but with demented string bending and weird tone... but then, the fast thundering power of the tune takes off on a machine gun ride... sure wish I could see these guys live!