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Porn (The Men of) 

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Wednesday, Dec 15 2004
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Though the band got lumped in with the stoner-rock movement when it first emerged in the late '90s, the feedback-laden noise blasted out by Porn (The Men of) smacks of something far more extreme than crushers sucked from a 5-foot bong. Creating the aural equivalent of shooting heroin while peaking on blotter acid, founder and guitar mastermind Tim Moss stirs up a molasses-thick soup of Floydian space-rock and galloping Motörhead-style thunder on the group's latest. Backed this time around by Melvins drummer Dale Crover and noted producer/engineer Billy Anderson (who has worked with the likes of Mr. Bungle, Neurosis, and Sleep, to name a few) on bass, piano, and organ, Moss conjures titanic, swirling waves of fuzzed-out distortion that unfold slowly and deliberately on the nearly 12-minute opener "Succulento" before finally kicking into overdrive. Briefer salvos "Mastadon Entrée" and "Glory Will Be Mine" touch on more typical rawk bludgeoning, but it's the expansive excursions into drone and skull-cracking riff chaos heard on such epics as "The Five Books of Aeneas" and "Last Song" that will have fans of left-field heaviness genuflecting at the altar of this band.

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