There is no doubt that a two-piece band has to be on point. It’s even harder when that two-piece band is instrumental. In the case of Blood Party comprised of Paul Wilson (drums/electronic drums/noise) and Ben Humphrey (bass/keys/noise) they bring a barrage of noise, mayhem and destruction so that there is no need for extra players or instruments. Over the course of nine songs on their album Why Won't You Hold Me Computer? the band doesn't waste any time or space. Every moment is filled with distorted white noise, hard-hitting percussion or swampy bass residue. It’s not pretty but it’s not supposed to be.
Why Won't You Hold Me Computer? will attract fans of bands like Tools, Lighting Bolt and Isis. Out of those three Lighting Bolt bears the most comparison not only because both bands have two members but the levels of intensity both groups possess. That being said, Blood Party implements more electronic elements and also have an industrial feel that Lightning Bolt does not possess.
The band kicks things off with “Sable” which has the most technically impressive bass work on the album. They play in the pocket and the song gets more distorted and heavy as it progresses. By the end the drummer is going off on his tom drums and alien like noises are coming from his bass.
“Gratrunka” is a hell of a song. The drummer gets into some double kick drum action while the bass sounds like a digital swamp of distortion. It goes into a couple of unexpected but worthwhile directions and they implement electronic sounding percussion at points.
The centerpiece of the album is the sprawling “Kittens.” It’s an intense, hypnotic, heart pounding song that plays into the band's strengths. Another highlight is the slightly experimental “Gordon Shumway.” It has an almost Burial type vibe and I enjoyed the disparate elements.
Why Won't You Hold Me Computer? is a good album that will resonate with fans who can get down with drone infused instrumental metal and that aren’t scared of the dark. Recommended.
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