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Obnox - I'm Bleeding Now LP (12XU 039-1)

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Reissue of the 2011 full-length solo debut from Clevelander Lamont "Bim" Thomas, whose prior appearances in combos including but not limited to This Moment In Black History, Puffy Areolas, Bassholes and Unholy Two have fashioned an impressive curriculum vitae in American rock/noise/whatever. Originally issued by Smog Veil, 'I'm Bleeding Now' is an important link in an ongoing onslaught of Obnox titles from the likes of Negative Guest List, 12XU, Permanent and Anyway that are blowing minds throughout the globe.

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"Pressed to just 500 vinyl copies, Smog Veil may be underestimating this record’s appeal. Or perhaps I’m just overestimating the number of people who enjoy getting their lids blasted off by gloriously sculpted white noise. But make no mistake, there’s melody and song structure at work here too, only such qualities are in a constant tug-of-war with Bim’s predilection toward cacophony. The record fades in on “Cum Inside” with a backwards incantation that’s then shot through with holes of sonic explosions. The title track is a furious mix of Stooges grooves and swirling turbulence that ensconce his proclamations of “I never liked you anyway” and Iggy-ed whooping. Throughout the album, snippets of warped muttering create a distinct feeling of unease, but the Bleeding is never arty in its presentation. Rather, Bim goes for the throat at every opportunity. For example, “The Get It Inn” might have been a feel-good summertime ditty were Thomas not shredding it apart from the inside out. Indeed, one can hear everything from Bowie to Albini at work here, only completely digested and regurgitated in chunks." - Stephen Slaybaugh, Agit Reader

"this incredibly soulful and criminally overlooked release stands on the middle ground between the hyperactive garage punk of Jay Reatard and the blown-out Ohio pop of Guided by Voices. Also of note: It's got my favorite album artwork of the year." - Luca Cimarusti, Chicago Reader

"Brilliantly brutal. Smog Veil somehow beat In The Red to the punch on this one and I feel punched in the head every time I listen to it" - Lance Barresi, Filter