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East-West Blast Test - S/T - reviewed by: AFS

Track Listing
1. Toga
2. Magnetic Field
3. Remoras on Tiger Shark
4. Chopsticks
5. Felling Ax
6. Swiss Alphorn
7. Fez
8. Wigwam
9. Pyramids
10. Crossbow
11. Agouti
12. Parts of a Pipe
13. Baboon
14. Fillip
15. Whiffletree
16. Retort
17. Beaver
18. Portuguese Man-of-War
19. Discus
20. Garden Hoe
21. Afro
22. Trampoline
23. Turban
24. Backhand Stroke
25. Cuts of Pork
26. Beret
27. Puttee

East-West Blast Test is the brainchild of drummer Dave Witte (Burnt by the Sun, Deadguy, Human Remains, Discordance Axis) and guitarist Chris Dodge (Spazz). This entire album was recorded on cassette tape. Dave Witte recorded all the drum tracks by himself, strictly by improvisation. Then
Dave sent the tape across the country to Chris Dodge who wrote guitar parts for the drum tracks and recorded them. What came out of these recordings is almost as bizarre and unique as the way it happened.

From the opening track, "Toga", you can tell this is a grind album. However, there are elements of punk and jazz laced throughout the course of the disc. "Chopsticks" is quite possibly the most insane thing I've ever heard. Random vocal noises over blast beats and bizarre guitar solos. It opens like some 1950's jingle for laundry detergent. "Agouti" is a groove-laced track that actually features a girl yodeling. Each track on the disc is one surprise after another.

Obviously this is something special. Not only for the genius that went into writing and recording it, but also just for the uniqueness of the entire album. I haven't heard anything quite as odd as East-West Blast Test before, and you probably haven't either.

Rating: 10 out of 10


--AFS 05.12.03
Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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2003
AFS5/12/2003


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