Heavy Winged have been moving up from the smaller tape and cd-r runs to vinyl releases lately. This means something because, especially in the experimental underground, having an LP out is like a badge of honour. It means someone is willing to invest lots of time and a good amount of money in your work and it?s good to hear that these guys are capable of filling up those well deserved grooves with some of their most consistent, eyebrow scorching material.
?Alive In My Mouth? bursts with rugged energy and the threesome doesn?t waste time to use and abuse that energy. ?Gruesome Pillow Talk? kicks in with a fiery passion. Drummer Bindeman steals the show in these first minutes. Heavy on the cymbals while guitarist Ryan Hebert rubs his fingers across his snares as if he?s trying to remove bloodstains, a chugging rhythm that soon desolves in a maelstrom of high energy feedbacking. The track reminds me of ?Lightning?, the first track on the ?Clear to Higher Time? album by Blue Humans. Just an endless barrage of drums and guitar explosions but underneath that heat there?s details as well. Little motifs that circle around the shimmering feedback and once you get into the track you start to find all these little ideas the band members are having while they?re steadily make their najaaja rock out with their?yeah you know.
It?s Bindeman again during ?Wounded Crystals? who provides the stormy energy, an all out display of shameless drum demolition. It?s surprising his set doesn?t just fall apart from all the force that he puts down it. For a track this lenghty (16 minutes and 44 seconds) the band as a whole admirably manage to progress pretty damn structural from stop-start chugging to blistering freerock assault while the end fades out with guitars howling and a drumset trying to recover from what probably are a good dozen of fractures.
?Emak Bakia?, the last track here, isn?t featured on the vinyl version of this album but on the extra cd. Threelobed have been releasing LP?s with a bonus cd that includes the material on the LP as well as an extra track and while ?Emak Bakia? isn?t the best out of the three, it?s definately the strangest. It feels as if the band were just a bit more under the influence of whatever they were smoking, or drinking than during the previous tracks.
Smoking and drinking aside, ?Alive In My Mouth? is a drug on it?s own. Perfect material to put underneath your needle when you get home from a typical, boorish 9 to 5 work day. We need more of these. And I don?t mean those work days. 8/10 -- Joris Heemskerk (10 September, 2008)