Three Mile Pilot / Boilermaker: Split 7" (Slowdance)
Pinback and The Black Heart Procession's sounds came out of much more clearly than you can see the past of 3MP. I'm not sure if this was the last thing that they released chronologically, but "In This Town I Awaken" certainly has an air of finality to it, almost the musical equivalent of the group saying 'Where else can we go with this?' without it coming off as defeatist. It's not their best song of this era mind you, but as a final statement it has a lot of weight to it.
Boilermaker just reprise a track from their self-titled album here, but I can't quibble with that choice given that "Last on the Drive" was one of the better tracks they'd done on the whole. [7.7/10]
Electric Wizard: Supercoven (Bad Acid)
riff and pounding drums. [8.4/10]
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Ganger: With Tongues Twisting Words (Domino)
To be fair though, even without the high watermark set by its opener, With Tongues Twisting Words is still a marked improvement over both the material that made up the previous year's Fore compilation and the band's initial full length from later the same year. The songs are much closer to the style of the latter, but seem to condense the wide ranging influences that showed up all over it into a much tighter, compressed package, and while it lacks the sprawl of Hammock Style it more than makes up for it in terms of songcraft. The band's dual bass line up allows for a lot of interesting counter-riffing in that department, and the two basses maintain enough of a different tone - one warm and expressive, the other low and rumbling - that they don't murk up the mix too much. Add in some nice guitar texture coloring the margins and solid time keeping and you've got the recipe for some stellar, groove oriented instrumentals. Even the few occasions that vocals enter the fray, they're subtle enough to work into the songs' mood without stealing the show as it were. [8.8/10]