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Daughters, Canada Songs (Robotic Empire)
"The 'product' we refer to is well equipped in the service abilities of your common woman," goes one line in a song by Providence, Rhode Island grindcore band Daughters. Or so they claim, because all we can hear is a series of blood-curdling, hair-raising screams that don't let up for the entire duration of their new album, Canada Songs. Mind you, this "album" is only 11 minutes long, but what an experience it is. Underneath all the banshee wails (it almost takes longer to read the extensive lyrics booklet than it does to listen to this CD) is some of the tightest, most intense, intricately planned-out noise rock this side of Ex Models. Screeching guitars slice like daggers, delivering such wildly discordant melodies and complex time signatures that would make Captain Beefheart grin, while the band's drummer completely steals the show with such a stunning display of percussive prowess, it makes the frantic work of Slipknot's Joey Jordison sound downright amateurish in comparison. One of the heaviest songs of 2003, "I Don't Give a Shit About Wood, I'm Not a Chemist", all 78 seconds of it, is the one track that stands out, its middle section breaking into a sinister pause for breath before exploding in an explosion of cacophonous sound. Constantly infuriating, sometimes annoying, and endlessly fascinating, this is one of the most unforgettable listening experiences you'll have in a long time. You can't help but sit, listen in pure awe, and hit the repeat button when it ends.