Hella, ‘There’s No 666 in Outer Space’ (Ipecac)
Over the past five years, drummer Zach Hill and guitarist Spencer Seim have maintained a position as the least compelling twosome on the techy, noise-rock totem poll (see Lightning Bolt, Orthrelm, the USA Is a Monster, etc.). Perhaps sensing stagnation, the Californians drafted three extra players — a second guitarist, a bassist, and a full-time vocalist. Knocking out hectic, aimless prog rock sprinkled with electronics, whistles, and momentary sax skronk, the quintet conjures the Mars Volta doing Zeppelin karaoke over two-bit Mr. Bungle. It makes sense that Bungle’s Mike Patton signed them. But otherwise, not so much.
Now Hear This: Hella – “Let Your Heavies Out” DOWNLOAD MP3