Published May 4, 2007
Quite possibly the most abrasive release in Icelandic musical history, JCB is bass heavy, un-compromising and brimming with delectable drum work. This is Mínus at their most unpredictable and angry; a relic of their shaven-headed era. Befitting of the label “Art-Core”, or possibly the “Noise- Core” moniker slapped on contemporary equals Botch and Coalesce, JCB pummels in odd meters and unexpected ways while never ceasing to twist and turn. Aided by producer Curver and his constant noise infractions and sporting guest vocals by the Sugarcubes singer Einar Örn this is the album that put Mínus on the pages of Kerrang and laid the groundwork for numerous U.K. tours. All in all, some serious leftfield shit that’s laudable throughout, with the minor exception of the half-decent track, Arctic Exhibition, where singer Krummi discovers that crooning to the tune of an acoustic guitar is best left to Simon and Garfunkel. BB
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