Those of you in the US who subscribe to Decibel magazine will have been the recipients of free Flexi-Disc 7″ vinyls from the likes of Wormrot, Goatwhore and more. For the rest of us, there’s YouTube, ha ha. And spreading festive joy to extreme music fans with the latest issue are Agoraphobic Nosebleed, making a joyful noise with ‘Make a Joyful Noise‘.
There’s not a heck of a lot I can say about this release as its so damn short. Around a meagre four minutes, in true ANb fashion of course, not one of the 11 tracks exceeds a minute in length, and while there is a Christmas theme, its loose at best as J.Randall, Kat and co go all out with twists on Christmas traditions (have a guess what ‘Hung Like a Stocking from the Chimney with Care’ is about), as well as tirades against death metal (‘Ghost of Christmas Past’), the Entombed obsession (the mosh-friendly ‘Little Town of Bethlehem’) and even songs about the very vinyl some of you lucky punters own – all awash in feedback and noise from the guitars on numerous occasions, creating one hell of a racket.
Whilst certainly a gift from the band for the holidays, this is no novelty record. Yes, most of the songs are Christmas-themes, but its still 100% Agoraphobic Nosebleed, belligerent, uncompromising and in-your-face as ever. Check it out below and try not to tear down your Christmas tree.