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Mortar
by Yukon
Terra Firma Records (2006)
Mortar
Yukon plays mid- to late-90's post-hardcore along the lines of Crownhate Ruin, Frodus, et cetera. While the sound is easily identifiable, it is one worth perpetuating - especially if you would like to be pummeled in the face by a shovelful of musical cement.

The men of Yukon sound as if they are clearing the charred wreckage of a bomb-wrecked concert hall. As they dig up the remains, damaged musical instruments are thrown into a pile of post-explosive rubble; to hear each other over the clanging and resonating strings, the workers scream a conversation. As the musicians fling the guitar and bass notes around, harmonies, at times, occur - sort of like the occasional melodies once produced by Drive Like Jehu.

On several songs, including "Consolation Enterprise" and "Gough," jaggedly-distorted power chords and flabby low notes frame the structured noise of an easily-digestible song of 3-4 minutes. At a few points, this structure strolls into unnecessary noodling or dynamic tangents. This is especially true towards the end of the album ("Formation Prevention," "Wall"). But, for the most part, the work crew that is Yukon remains tradesmanlike. As they admonish you on the album's rousing closer, "HEY - I'M WORKING HERE!" Step back, people: Yukon is loud enough to be heard from a safe distance.
Posted by: CJ

Audio Reviews (July 19th, 2007)


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