Thee Oh Sees – Mutilator Defeated at Last – Transparent Green Vinyl, LP, Castleface, 2021
Brand new, but unsealed as issued from the label. Vinyl LP pressing. New reissue of the 2015 album from the San Francisco-based garage rockers. Here we have nine muscular tunes primed to pummel. Last year’s Drop was more schizophrenic, ranging from heavy to whimsical and back; Mutilator Defeated At Last has more in common with the monolithic hugeness of Floating Coffin. With only two brief reprieves from it’s onslaught, this record is made to be played loudly and demands bodily sacrifice. Despite the plutonium heavy feel, Thee Oh Sees continue to be omnivorous. Synths and acoustic guitars wind throughout the album like veins of gold through granite. Any and all that stands in it’s way will be devoured and assimilated. This is the sound of a band doing what they do best.