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Plague Soundscapes

Locust, LocustAudio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 24, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Anti
  • ASIN: B00009IB58
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,343 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Recyclable Body Fluids In Human Shape
2. Identity Exchange Program Rectum Return Policy - The Locust
3. Solar Panel Asses
4. Live from the Russian Compound
5. Earwax Halo Manufactured for the Champion in All of Us
6. Wet Dream War Machine
7. Listen The Mighty Ear Is Here
8. Who Wants A Dose Of The Clap?
9. Teenage Mustache
10. How To Become A Virgin
11. Anything Jesus Does I Can Do Better - The Locust
12. Late For A Double Date With A Pile Of Atoms In The Water Closet - The Locust
13. File Under 'Soft Core Seizures'
14. Practiced Hatred
15. PSst! Is That a Halfie in Your Pants?
16. The Half-Eaten Sausage Would Like To See You In His Office - The Locust
17. Pulling the Christmas Pig by the Wrong Pair of Ears
18. Can We Get Another Nail in the Coffin of Culture Theft?
19. Your Mantel Disguised as a Psychic Sasquatch
20. Twenty-Three Lubed Up Schizophrenics With Delusions of Grandeur
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I've just got to say that I am not stupidly impressed by this band like some, nor do I find them pretentious, drooling morons who think they are gods as others do. The Locust play really fast, really short, really loud songs. I don't think they've ever released a song over two minutes, and the longest song on Plague Soundscapes is 1:24 long. Car wreck with vocals, throwing a keyboard in a wood chipper, fast fowarding normal metal songs to break neck speed, there are a million and one comparisons that can be made. Devo meets Dillinger Escape Plan is probably the best way to describe their sound.
Let it be said, Plague Soundscapes is a good album. In fact, I think it's great. While it is nearly impossible to decipher lyrics and at some points hard to determine if instruments are even being played, the music is indeed music. It may not be conventional, it may not have structure, but what is structure? Does music have to have a chorus to qualify as music? Can music be loud, fast and posess the ability to destroy, or does it have to contain melody and be understandable? How one answers will determine if one enjoys this album.
Of course, one also must have a love for grindcore/noisecore/whatever bands that play loud, fast, hard to listen to music to enjoy this album. Listening to this album is like swallowing glass; for most it's an unpleasnt experience worth avoiding. I have to admit that I enjoyed this album, and still do. It may be like swallowing glass, but it just tastes so good.
Plague Soundscapes is good for what it is; a loud, destructive album full of instruments played at break neck speeds with persicion that gets lost in the chaos. The Locust are good for what they are; a loud, destructive band that plays fast, loud, short, anti-melodic, anti-structural, pro-noise songs with talent. I enjoy Plague Soundscapes, and the Locust, and I don't know why.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Locust - Plague Soundscapes December 12, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album is complete and utter genious. Bottom line. No other band can keep up with the random ever-changing timing changes, key changes and structure fluctuations that The Locust make in this LP. There is a thin line between genious and complete disaster. Take the group Lightning Bolt for instance. They try to recreate what The Locust have made complete asses out of themselves on record with their droll, repetitive and all together boring albums. Very few bands have succeeded in trying to recreate or emulate what The Locust have made and perfected.

The Locust are the band that you love to hate. They are too hardcore for the gay kids and too gay for the hardcore kids. They're not punk, punk is a dead, lifeless horse carcass that kids with tight plaid pants and mowhawks just keep beating with a baseball bat trying to get every drop of life out of it. They're not hardcore, either, which is a genre becoming it's own enemy by selling out to big labels who want them to wear more mascara and black hair dye so they can fit in with the more "emo" bands that they so resemble.

As far as the "Plague Soundscapes" album goes, it is without a doubt, their best work known to date. Although I am a huge fan of the raw recordings on their earlier albums (mainly the EP's), this is The Locust's "Mona Lisa". This will be what people remember them for. For most, "Plague Soundscapes" will just sound like a nuclear bomb landed on a synthesizer shop, and the lyrics are just the screams of the innocent bystanders, but take another listen, (it shouldn't take that long to do so, with 23 songs clocking in at just over 21 minutes). Open up the booklet with all the lyrics of the song try to put the words with the screams.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a collective "whoooosh!" December 8, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I was discussing the band with a friend of mine, and we came to the conclusion that if William S. Burroughs started a punk band, it would be the Locust. I think that's accurate.

I normally refrain from the "you just don't get it" line of attack, but unfortunately that seems appropriate here. Plague Soundscapes is not complete noise, not even close to it (sheesh, listen to a Merzbow album to put things into perspective). Contrary to the negative and puzzling reviews here (read a professional critic's analysis of the album for an accurate picture of the music at hand), this is an intelligent, cohesive, and overwhelmingly provocative album. The guys can play their instruments incredibly well, the music is wickedly tight and dynamic, it's not rare for a single 45 second song to plow through 10 time signature changes (some excellent drumming can be heard on this record). The guitar riffery is everywhere, ranging from razor sharp thrash cutups to primal sludge from outer space. The keyboards are insectoid and jerky. The tortured singing/screaming from the band members is indeed melodic (if you bother to actually listen) and contains bizarre and surprisingly nuanced rhythmic cadences that flow with the music. Lyrically, we've got some odd, disjointed post-post-modernist ruminations on bodily fluids, political intrigue, culture, wounded animals, the environment, body parts, war, teenage moustaches, etc. The lyrics are always absurdist, fluctuating regularly between profane and profound. The band's got a wicked sense of humor as well, take a gander at the song titles.

The music isn't for everyone, it is intense, disorienting, and violent, but for the more adventurous listeners out there, this is a compelling piece of work that's well-worth examination. The band really does transcend typical genre trappings and creates something new and fascinating. The Locust are punk evolved.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Difficult and inaccesible, yet admittedly original
Maybe its because the Grindcore gimmick has been done constantly that when I see a band attempt something innovative with the genre, I'm genuinely impressed. Read more
Published on December 28, 2008 by TimothyFarrell22
4.0 out of 5 stars ...say what you want about them...they'll throw bottles of vomit on...
...discovering this band was awkward for me...I won't explain why because the story is long winded...but very simply I will say this...

... Read more
Published on March 8, 2008 by OMNIGOSS
5.0 out of 5 stars oh my jebus. the last three reviews were lame.
these last three people don't know what they are even talking about. the locust have been around longer than dillinger escape plan and have been doing this type of... Read more
Published on December 4, 2007 by Caleb A. Reese
5.0 out of 5 stars jackhammering stuff
if you like the fantomas, you'll like this. if you like agoraphobic nosebleed, you'll like this. if you like jackhammering stuff on your spare time, you'll like this. Read more
Published on May 2, 2007 by Tom Graham
1.0 out of 5 stars Another disappointment
I was told that this was the savior of the underground. Well I really should have just listened to Orchid instead.
Published on January 13, 2007 by LSDRunner
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed.
This was the first Locust album I had ever heard. While I had been listening to other, similar artists, I was not (and yet entirely) prepared for Plague Soundscapes. Read more
Published on January 9, 2007 by B. Fitzpatrick
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars
There's a lot bad to be said about the locust. they are abrasive, unintelligible, and annoying (in all the best ways, of course). And they have awesome song titles. Read more
Published on June 30, 2006 by B. Marsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond description
The Locust changed music. It might be twenty or thirty years until their full impact will be able to be analyzed and recognized, but it's true. Read more
Published on May 12, 2006 by Cambion
4.0 out of 5 stars you have to be in the mood for it. and a little insane.
i like the locust. but not all the time. sometimes the loud, herky jerky, abrasive, 1000 miles a minute blasts of electronic noise made by justin pearson and co. Read more
Published on March 15, 2006 by Christoph
5.0 out of 5 stars Sure it's weird, but it is a legendary performance
These guys have some serious chops for one thing. This stuff isn't easy to play. Secondly, the uniqueness and creativity put into this insanity is phenomenal. Read more
Published on March 7, 2006 by THÖM
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This Album Is Astounding
...absolutely agree with all the unenlightened nay sayers...The Locust will rule the world...
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