Secret Wars - Oneida
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  • Summary: Brooklyn's Oneida has been around a bit longer (since 1997) than some of their fellow bands in the New York neo-garage/punk/new wave scene, and 'Secret Wars' marks their sixth LP.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. 100
    They channel experimental noise, acid-drenched riffs, and live-show spontaneity into a record of brilliantly crafted nuggets of lysergic rock that is easily their most consistent effort to date.
  2. These are eight rip-roaring, drag racing anthems mashed together with blood cakes and shards of bone.
  3. The sound is huge and intimate all at once; the songs have hooks and staying power.
  4. All in all, expertly wobbling prog metal, constructed out of as few chords as possible.
  5. 80
    This time there's noticeably less fuzz and extraneous squall piled on top. [Feb 2004, p.92]
  6. A schizophrenic mess of maypole folk and motorik drive.
  7. Secret Wars is a sobering demonstration of what repetition can do in the wrong hands, as the Brooklyn trio funnel the most endurance-testing excesses of Suicide, Can, Sonic Youth and stoner rock into a joyless, oppressive piece of work.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. BobbyG
    Jan 3, 2005
    9
    I don't remember listening something so heavy and yet melodic at he same time.
  2. daves
    Jan 18, 2005
    8
    One helluva pysch-rock noise as you could wish for. ideal for fans of Comets On Fire and ilk.