Unknown Artist (Iron Lung Records)
Review by Joey
Genre/s: Hardcore Punk, Noise Rock, Noise Punk
For Fans Of: White Wards, Cult Ritual, Society Nurse, Walls
"It's a mystery you dummy."
That's all Iron Lung Records has to say about this anonymous, unmarked cassette. It came out under the radar last year in an unknown quantity and with no information on the artist released. It has been speculated that this is the unreleased LP of Mentally Challenged, a band featuring members of Mind Eraser and others, but the label has neither confirmed nor denied this claim.
What I can tell you, however, is that this tape is amazing. From the very first ringing of feedback to the last drum hit, this release is a wild ride. There's something in here for everyone: stompy punk, off kilter hardcore, deathrocky dirges, and even strange noise/ambient interludes. The only artists I can really compare it to are primarily other Iron Lung Records bands such as White Wards and Walls, both of which deliver weird and noise drenched hardcore punk.
I ripped this and split the tracks myself, so I cannot actually say for certain that the track listing is 100% accurate, but the tracks were divided at what I saw as logical stopping points in the music. I doubt you'll ever see this surface unless somebody is selling it on discogs or ebay, so I highly recommend checking this out.