Genre/Influences: Industrial, Punk & Noise.
Format: Digital, Cassette.
Background/Info: This must be the third EP released by American duo Lofter. They introduce their sound as a mix between Alternative, Punk, Industrial and Noise.
Content: Let’s skip the intro to directly get the essence of “Ulcer”. It’s a sonic mayhem, a kind of Apocalyptic-Rock style or Industrial Punk-Noise if you prefer. Some passages instantly remind me of an imaginary sonic violation of Big Black while both last cuts (featuring a cover version of NIN) sound more accomplished by Electronic arrangements.
+ + + : “Ulcer” sounds like pure Underground, music reminding me of the early years of Punk and Industrial projects playing music in their cellar or garage. The heavy shouting vocals inject some rage. Both last cuts, but especially “Fade” have more potential and could serve as a basis to move on with.
– – – : The mix and sound production aren’t that professional and could be improved. But on the other hand, this is the pure sound of Underground..
Conclusion: Lofter doesn’t leave me an unforgettable impression, but I felt some nostalgia listening to “Ulcer”.
Best songs: “Fade”, “Terrible Lie”.
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