Album Review: Evil Blizzard – “The Worst Show On Earth”
When the blurb on a group’s Bandcamp page describes them as “Four masked bassists, a singing drummer and a pig with cleavers”, you can safely predict that you’re not going to be in for a group of nice lads who listen to Coldplay and the 1975 here. And I think it’s fair to say that Preston’s Evil Blizzard are as unhinged and exciting as you’d expect.
Slipknot if they’d developed a Public Image Limited fixation? The Fall after taking some riff lessons from Tony Iommi? I dunno, but it’s certainly an intriguing brew, make no mistake. The swooping opener Hello and Fast Forward Rewind initially make you think that we’re into PIL-indebted art-rock territory, but that’s quickly swept aside once third track Unleash The Misery kicks in. Swaggering along on the same glamtastic 70s beat plus sinister whispered vocals formula that once served Marilyn Manson so well, before exploding into a big chantalong chorus, it’s a strange beast indeed but once it gets its hooks into you, you’ll have trouble breaking free. Ditto Those You Left Behind, which starts off slinking along on a tinny electronic sample before a brutal Sabbath style riff suddenly crashes in to take the song to another level.
There’s a real air of claustrophobia and paranoia underpinning The Worst Show On Earth as Like A God goes from a weird Bauhaus-style opening to kicking into full on feedback chaos, and the relatively poppy Tell Me could almost be Therapy? in one of their weirder moments. By the time they finish off with the twin ten minute epics of Pull God From The Sky and the title track which build slowly but surely into a thrilling squall of noise, you’ll certainly be in awe of this lot.
Definitely not an album for those who like their music straightforward, but you can't help but be impressed by the sheer scope and fury of The Worst Show On Earth. Mixing an off-the-wall experimentalism with a surprising eye for a crushing riff and a hook you can nod your head to, Evil Blizzard have come up with a good effort. Be prepared to give this one a few listens before you really get it, but once you do, there's plenty to be enjoyed here.