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
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