Aussie metal vets grunt through glacial, atmospheric doom sandwiched by bland blastbeats on three-song EP.
Now that Garbage's long-awaited fifth album — the band's first since 2005's Bleed Like Me — is nearly done, Shirley Manson and Co. are ready to open up about what caused the delay in the first place, starting with plain ol' politics. "We'd gotten sold from label to label and ended up on a label that didn't give a shit about us, really," Manson tells SPIN. "It just stripped us of all our joy, and as a result, we turned on each other a bit. It got to the point where I was like, 'Fuck this. This isn't fun. Let's take a break.' And everybody was like, 'Yeah.' " "I thought it would be like two years, and it ended being five years!" says drummer Butch Vig, acknowledging the whole band was fried. "Time ticked by really fast," Manson adds. "We looked back at what was going on in the music scene, and nobody had really taken our seat, much to our surprise! What the fuck?