Skullflower - Last Shot At Heaven review


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Band: Skullflower
Album: Last Shot At Heaven
Release date: 1993

01. Caligula
02. Get The Horn
03. Dufus
04. Bad Alchemy
05. Elf Piercer
06. Rotten Sun II [live]
07. Mystic Eye
08. Blown Dukes

Just this morning I woke up and thought to myself: 'today would be a good day to write a review containing the word 'swagger'. A few moments later I found myself in a bathrobe, cup of coffee in one hand, scratching my private parts, staring at my album collection. 'What album has the most swagger out of this unorganized bunch?'

The one and only answer: Skullflower's Last Shot At Heaven. With its fantastically desperate and dramatic title and its utter and total disregard for music's unwritten laws (i.e. thou shalt bore the listener with mindless melodies and cute little harmonies), it's got some serious swagger. (achievement unlocked!).

So, what is it that makes Skullflower's Last Shot At Heaven so awesome? Because it is, honestly, awesome. Well, for starters, it is noise. Pure noise. I honestly have no idea what the 'instruments' are. There are the madly pounding drums and occasionally you can clearly hear a bass, ok. And then there is the noisy blur. In some sections the blur obviously consists of highly distorted guitars, but at other moments it could be anything. Anything, god knows what, mixed into one catastrophic whole and artificially/mechanically/digitally/chemically altered into the hideous cacophony it is. Wavering back and forth, with varying degrees of intensity and hardness, meandering, flowing, stuttering on and on and on.

But guess what, there is a point to all of this. Turn up the volume. Yes, that might sound counter-intuitive. Do it anyway. Turn it up, close your eyes. Let it wash over you. Get it now? Do you hear the melodies? Do you hear the catchiness buried underneath? It is mesmerizing. What may sound like harsh noise at first is actually, to the accustomed ear, a highly proficient and profuse oasis of gently rocking noises. With the occasional sandstorm.

Pretentious? Maybe. Who cares. Pretentiousness is only a burden to the outsider. And who gives a shit about his opinion anyway? Last Shot At Heaven is divine.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 8
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 10
Production: 8


Written on 19.10.2010 by If you're interested in extreme, often emotional and underground music, check out my reviews. I retired from reviewing, but I really used to be into that stuff.


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19.10.2010 - 22:49
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I approve of everything about this review, especially how you've managed to make a review of one of the best Skullflower albums a big "fuck you" to reviews in general, which is appropriate as Skullflower is like a big "fuck you" to music conventions in general.

I will remember this fondly, along with images of you scratching your balls I suspect.

+ ∞
10.01.2012 - 09:57
I woke up this morning and thought to myself: today i'm gona try some genre i haven't try before and i picked Noise, went to MS, found this review and finally tried this album with utter scepticism. And I like it. There is quite regular layer and the "noisy" layer, and it has a great flow and surprisingly it's very imaginative. Not pretentious at all (for outsider), the noisy layer is well premeditated.
Reminds me of jazz somehow, but I hate jazz.
10.01.2012 - 22:35
Mr. Noise
Ah yeah, still one of the reviews and albums I am most fond of. Good stuff (the album).
SLUDGE. DOOM. DEATH. Wait, what?

"The reason I'm running for president is because I can't be Bruce Springsteen." - Barack Obama
11.01.2012 - 02:34
Mr. Doctor
Written by Lucas on 10.01.2012 at 22:35
Good stuff (the album).

The review got also a lot of swagger (see what I did there?).
Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
30.05.2012 - 21:46
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Written by Mr. Doctor on 11.01.2012 at 02:34

(see what I did there?).


just kidding, but this album is one that has been on my listen to for awhile, I have scratched everything else out but this. I will try to find it and give it the attention it seems to deserve.
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