‘Exorcisms and Psychic Visions' EP by MassasaugaReview
Out at 1800 today was the long awaited EP by Massasauga, ‘Exorcisms and Psychic Visions' which is also a compendium of most of their recent singles: "Motorbeast" "Psychic Visions", "10-46" & "Switchblade": only last month's "Bury Me Deeper Than The Rest" (which was conceived to pass their time while the EP was being prepared) is not included.
As all four merited their own review on their individual release, it isn't easy to pass further comment on the merits of each song (please do however feel free to refresh your memory as to what I said), but combined into a group, the overall impression is pretty breath taking.
The band throw heart, soul & the kitchen sink into each song, meaning processing & dealing with them by themselves can just about be within the human capacity. Four in a row however will place considerable demands upon your nervous system: so be warned.
Equally, if you are intending to play the full EP on speakers, you might want to prewarn your housemates & neighbours if you want to reduce the possibilities of shock, medical emergencies etc. Pets too probably need your protection. It's that powerful.
Guitars fuzz & snarl & emulate wild animals. Drums thunder. Trucks attack you. There's murder, threatening behaviour & visitations from beyond. If you want to encapsulate Massasauga in some sort of nutshell, then ‘Exorcisms and Psychic Visions' does a perfect job: in fact as an introduction to their way of doing things, you couldn't really wish for anything better.
You can stream the EP from the usual sources, though I'd recommend to die hard fans that going to Bandcamp might be to their advantage……..