CARRION - The Crime Of Idle Hands

Carrion - The Crime Of Idle Hands

10 songs
44:30 minutes
***** ****
Epicene / McCarthyism


Some albums are really hard to get into, and I admit that I didn't like The Crime Of Idle Hands by Washington D.C. power trio Carrion that much at first. It's absolutely not easy listening music, and although it's quite angular and complicated at times, it isn't aimed at the progressive crowd either. In fact what we get is pure bred noise hard rock, reminding me of the dirty American sound of the late 80s, from Big Black over Tumor Circus to Jesus Lizard and the slower moments of Pushead's Septic Death. Not that Carrion sound totally like these bands, but the mood on their album just sounds the same: while threatening with heavy rhythmic work on the bass and drums, the single guitar is more distorted than you would expect, with a dense lyricism on the slower instrumental parts, which can best be witness on the short Window Out Of Solitude. In fact the lyrics are very depressing, carried well by the desperate high strung voice of Nick Skrobisz who is also responsible for the excellent guitar playing and the colourful cover artwork.

Where many bands lose steam in the second half of the album, Carrion actually seem to find themselves more clearly, and it's there where the longer tracks drive you deepest into the disturbed mental imagery their music tries to convey. As I said before, The Crime Of Idle Hands is no easy listening album, but those of you who like their music mathy and rocking at the same time (Carrion are much more "rock" than for instance Dillinger Escape Plan or Burnt By The Sun who sound in comparison like art rockers) or still yearns for the unmistakable AmRep sound of former days, should by all means buy this album.

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