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Agoraphobic Nosebleed
Altered States of America
Type: CD
Company: Relapse
Release: 2003
Genre: Death
Reviewer: AFS
Published: 5/12/2003
Just grabs you and strangles you and doesn't let you go
Track Listing
00. wonder drug wonderland 1:47
01. spreading the dis-ease 0:56
02. ark of ecoterrorism 0:13
03. living lolita blow job 0:12
04. thawing out 0:15
05. the need for better body armor 0:09
06. freeze-dried cemetery 0:20
07. children blown to bits by the busload 0:12
08. scoring in heaven 0:13
09. fuck your soccer Jesus 0:05
10. guided tour 0:22
11. honky dong 0:08
12. famous last words 0:18
13. Osaka milk bar 0:17
14. drive by blowjob on a bicycle 0:12
15. ten pounds of remains 0:07
16. utter mental retardation and reversal of man 0:15
17. neotropolis euphoria 0:08
18. snitch olympics 0:16
19. crawling out of the cradle into the casket 0:15
20. removing locator tooth 0:06
21. Aum shinrikyo 0:04
22. the protocols of the elders of Zion 0:04
23. the Tokyo subway gassing 0:04
24. the star of David 0:04
25. Shintaro Ishihara and the rape of Nanking in World War 2 0:05
26. Mahikari 0:12
27. micro-tidal wave 0:04
28. crop dusting 0:12
29. LSD as chemical weapon 0:14
30. illegal manufacture 0:08
31. drugging the control group 0:10
32. Alice in La La land 0:04
33. apocalypse as mescaline experience 0:10
34. the artificial religious experience 0:06
---- the twelve days of Sodom ----
35. the first day of Sodom: pussy hair prayer rug 0:05
36. the second day of Sodom: distortion in Eden 0:04
37. the third day of Sodom: serpent of the gay pride rainbow 0:04
38. the fourth day of Sodom: snaking Adam's black apple 0:04
39. the fifth day of Sodom: like a cretin on Christmas eve 0:04
40. the sixth day of Sodom: Boston hardcore caligula 0:05
41. the seventh day of Sodom: fantasizing hydrahead 0:07
42. the eight day of Sodom: lamb of the rotisserie god 0:04
43. the ninth day of Sodom: holiday bowl full of asshole 0:04
44. the tenth day of Sodom: enter the house of feasting 0:05
45. the eleventh day of Sodom: passing blunts and cunts at Relapse 0:05
46. the twelfth day of Sodom: when taking a shit feels sexy 0:07
47. poland Springfield acidbag 0:19
48. rectal thermometer 0:11
49. lemonade and a Snickers bar 0:05
50. necro-cannabalistic tendencies in young children 0:08
51. bombs with butterfly wings 0:09
52. watching a clown point a gun at a small dog (reprise) 0:16
53. mosquito holding human cattle prod 0:16
54. for just ten cents a day... 0:25
---- altered states of America ----
55. mental change(s): altered consciousness 0:06
56. radical modernism 0:04
57. human enhancement 0:04
58. juxtaposed impacts 0:04
59. unprecedented experiment 0:38
60. transparent enclosure 0:09
61. bong hit wonder 0:08
62. opening to personals ad by Richard Johnson 0:14
63. Relapse refusing U.N. weapons inspectors 0:09
64. neural linguistic programming 0:12
65. the fag vs. the Indian 0:05
66. black metal transvestite 0:18
67. Debbie does dishes 0:04
68. marine pornography (for whale cock skateboards) 0:18
69. keeping a clean kennel 0:04
70. baby mill pt. 1 (born and sold into child slavery) 0:07
71. firearms for all faiths 0:12
72. domestic solution 0:04
73. definition of death 0:39
74. discolored 0:10
75. Scott Hulk on intramuscular steroids (instrumental) 0:09
76. 4 leaches (40,000 leaches) 0:55
77. group taking acid as considered conspiracy against the government 0:06
78. small room and a six-pack 0:06
79. deviant arousal 0:06
80. unbound by civilized properties 0:08
81. they all burned! 0:12
82. shotgun funeral 0:04
83. homophobic assbleed 0:05
84. exacting revenge on pets 0:08
85. baby mill pt. 2 (white Russian) 0:07
86. narcoterrorist megalomaniac 0:25
87. releasing a dove from a ghetto rooftop 0:08
88. bipartisan buttfuck 0:14
89. bent over the cross 0:25
90. a chance at reprisal 0:15
91. altered ego 0:17
92. pin the tail on the donkey 0:21
93. latter day Mormon ritual 0:18
94. 5 band genetic equalizer pt. 3 0:21
95. absurd boast 0:10
96. burning social interest 0:11
97. whore torn vet 0:10
98. Obi Wan Kaczynski 0:12
99. placing a personal memo on the boss's desk 0:13

I can't stop listening to this album. I'm not sure I want to stop.

Agoraphobic Nosebleed's latest effort is a brutal masterpiece that unloads and hits with the speed of a machine gun. Yes, they did go for the Guinness Book of World Records on this one. 100 tracks in just over 19 minutes. Incredible. And what this album lacks in duration, it makes up for in creativity and aggression.

Despite it's sometimes funny song titles, such as "Debbie does dishes", "Relapse refusing U.N. weapons inspectors", and my personal favorite, "passing blunts and cunts at Relapse", this release is full of anger and disgust for government, American society, religion, and shitty music trends.

There's groove at times, but mostly, this is a drum machine-driven hyperspeed assault. And yes, there's even phonecore. There's not a bad song on the album, even though you'll be on track 10 before you realize it. Altered States of America just grabs you and strangles you and doesn't let you go until the end.

Fucking amazing from beginning to end.
Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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