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Throbbing Gristle
Part Two: Endless Not

In their heyday in the late ’70s, Throbbing Gristle’s art school audio terrorism became both the quivering flesh foundation and the sheet metal shack around which goth and industrial acts would build their village. TG’s first offering of new music in 25 years, Part Two: Endless Not, expresses little of the abject insanity that endures in their classic albums The Second Annual Report of Throbbing Gristle and D.O.A: The Third And Final Report.

Almost 30 years on, the classic “Hamburger Lady” still can send stomachs lurching, but little on Part Two has such power. “Rabbit Snare” takes on the type of slow jazz done much better by Bohren und der Club of Gore, “Almost a Kiss” is 6:47 of prefab churchyard groaning, and “Endless Not” goes little further than blithe lyrical play and a chug-a-lug beat. High points come in individual contributions from Chris Carter (“Separated”) and Peter Christopherson (“After the Fall”)

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