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The Kilaueas - Magmanautic Infernodotdotdot
artworkThe watchword is nasty. The Kilaueas issue up surf of the garage shred variety, but with more drive and better writing than that usually indicates. While the sound is generally muddy, the surf music is excellent.
Picks: Surfin' The Exosphere, Agent Magma, Il Morte Charvalla Con Lui, Venus Kissed The Sea, Puka Punch, Tentacle Stomp, Green Shadows, Amazon, Zarah Interstellar, Watusi Island, Negra Modelo, Aquanautic Inferno

Track by Track Review

Surfin' The Exosphere dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surf a la garage riffology spiked with reverb and intense double picking. 'Tis a nasty bit of surf, full of fire and foam.

Agent Magma dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lying somewhere between trash and surf, "Agent Magma" rides high on the crest of a choppy swell at Sewer Peak. Yup, it's a short board fantasy about a daredevil punk in garbage pit conditions. Splashy and cool.

Il Morte Charvalla Con Lui dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Il Morte Charvalla Con Lui" is both garagie and artful. It's well developed and thrashy, intensely driven and nicely arranged. Infectious and melodic. Death at the hands of mother ocean by beating against the rocks.

Venus Kissed The Sea dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The slightly ska/polka influences play nicely against the fine lead lines. The bass lines hold center stage in places, while the drums dominate in others. Wet twang and fine arranging.

Puka Punch dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Chunky stompin' surfarama, with splashy reverb and a nasty jammin' feel. Not exactly a song, but an intense surf experience.

Tentacle Stomp dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Vibrating, eerie, and poundy, "Tentacle Stomp" splashes and thrashes on the beach. Quite spirited, with a hard driving beat and a lot of energy.

Green Shadows dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Green Shadows" sports a solid surf edge and style, and relies on a slightly melodic riff. Much more drive than art, way more intensity than articulation.

Amazon dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slightly exotic, mostly aggressive, and yet delicate and precise. "Amazon" must be about the women because it sure doesn't portray the South American river. Lots of drive.

Zarah Interstellar dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Reverb crashes, thundering drums, and intense spin cycle surf. Fast cutbacks may save your life in this soup, but you won't get out with clean baggies.

Watusi Island dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a cool track. On the slower island side of the genre, "Watusi Island" shimmers and dances on the monitors. Fine percussion and moody writing. Excellent.

Negra Modelo dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A teensy spaghetti, a bit cowboy, and a little surfy. This riff rockin' track is wet, but doesn't quite hold my attention.

Aquanautic Inferno dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The snare plays out faster and faster until the guitar comes in shredding. Ending with reverb crashes galore, "Aquanautic Inferno" lives up to its title. A monster for a surf might mare.