It's a bitter sweet revelation when you come across a band that's gone the way of the Dodo. No matter how inspired or cool the sound, it's hard coming to terms with the fact there'll be nothing else to look forward to. But that's the only sour note to be found on this posthumous release from these recently divorced distortionists.
Like the degenerate ramblings of the Melvins or an early Husker Du, Milligram are far heavier than they look. With its ripped-to-fuck riffs, gut-busting vocals, and drumming that sounds like it's been fed through an amp doused with fuel and set ablaze, 'Class War' is about as aggressive as grunge gets without an onstage flame thrower. It's a shame they're gone.
This release was originally titled "Death To America". It was first scheduled to be recorded starting September 11, 2001, at New Alliance Studios in Boston. Recording was pushed back to 3 days in November, 2001, with the final recording finished over 3 days in February, 2002. Over 6 days in the studio, the band finished 29 tracks, including covers and outtakes. The band, with the expertise of engineer/producer Andrew Schneider (Blue Man Group, Cave In, Scissorfight, TREE) exploded every track to its most distorted form. Drawing from influences of neo-classic Japanese sonic assaults such as the Mainliner's masterpiece 'MAINLINERSONIC', High Rise - 'Desperado', Boris - 'Amplifier Worship' and the stereo-attack of MERZBOW and MASONNA, along with a myriad of domestic influences ranging from Negative Approach, Melvins and early Husker Du, to the visceral pop songs of Neutral Milk Hotel...Milligram pushed for memorable choruses amid the degenerated blasts of drums, guitars and vocals all pushed hard through glowing tubes, until they were deep into the red.
released 25 February 2003
Jonah Jenkins: vocals, Macintosh G3
Darryl Shepard: guitar, piano
Jeff Turlik: bass, guitar
Zeph Courtney: drums, distorted tamborine
Recoded at New Alliance by Andrew Schneider and Milligram.
Mastered by Dave Locke at JP Masters.
Photos by Jason Zampino.
Layout by Mike Saputo.
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