By: Derek Spencer
xKILL YOUR NEIGH-BORSx, the 7-track, under-10-minute 2014 release from the mysterious Vacuum Horse, is aptly summarized by it’s bandcamp tag “asspunk.” One part hardcore, one part black metal, one part noise, and two parts camp, this short demo showcases a group of musicians with a talent for genre blend and a steady hand when juxtaposing humor and punk. Somehow, the interspersion of horse noises and chromatic noodling doesn’t necessarily detract from the pathos of free-flowing screamed passages or aggressive psudo-breakdowns (this point, I’m sure, is easily contestable, but nonetheless evident to my sleep-deprived mind).
While Vacuum Horse may be judged as inactive given their limited online activity over the past year, it appears to me, given that I received their material for review, that the once-and-future asspunks are simply dormant. Look out for horse-focused metal weirdness in a Chicago shithole near you.