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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Terrordactyl EP

A noise that is next to frantic at the best of times, lampooning through melodies that hover between jagged and jive in fleeting moments, the post-rock / math-rock noise of Terrordactyl has rested under a batch of over-listened CDs for the past few months awaiting excavation. Finally taking the plunge this week, one finds the offering an interesting sonic snapshot even if more than a touch debased from the live adrenalin that Terrordactyl have in their more natural environment.


As with many bands of this genre, there is beauty in the controlled chaos, though from the onset in Hikikomori, through to Calabunga and Stingray, the output, though always threatening to explode, in the end fails to ever take flight. The largely instrumental release, brought out last November on the Organised Ideas label in Dublin, leaves one with the impression that there is constrained outburst here where it should be pulverising an audience all the way back to the Cretaceous period. Perhaps in this light it is more worthwhile to go see them live instead, as I'm sure there is a beast within Terrordactyl that is not quite captured here. 4/10.

Related Links:

http://www.myspace.com/thedactyls


http://www.organisedideas.org/