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Louder = Better

“My chief complaint against some practitioners of heavy metal guitar from the early 70s through the early 80s,” writes guitarist and composer Marc Ribot, “is that I can immediately tell their distorted sounds are not really placing their amps at risk. To whatever extent I have a moral sensibility, this offends it.”

Reminds of one Saturday morning when, thinking I was alone in the office, I figured it was okay to play Earth 2: Special Low-Frequency Version at an appropriately ear-splitting volume. I was about mid-way through “Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine” before I realized CK was, in fact, also in the building. He was somehow under the impression that the refrigerator was dying. The majesty of drone metal apparently eludes him.



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