The Austerity Program – Black Madonna
Release Date: August 21st, 2007
Record Label: Hydra Head Records
Forming in 1997, Black Madonna marks the first full length for Justin and Thad, two New York City boys who can kick out some seriously heavy jams.
How Is It?:
The Austerity Program consists of 2 guys (Bass and Guitar) and a drum machine. The funny thing is, they sound a lot bigger than most bands that have 3 guitarists. Combining the best aspects of ambient metal and industrial music, Black Madonna is one heck of a debut, even if it was 10 years in the making. Typically the use of a drum machine can sound repetitive, however in this case, The Austerity Program make it work by utilizing constantly evolving beats to keep the rhythm for their droning guitar and bass interplay. “Song 12” will please any fans of detuned guitars (such as Isis) and killer tone. If there is one complaint I have, it’s that some of the songs can go on for a little too long without changing much. The fuzzy bass and crunchy guitars combined with an epic sense of groove make this a record to check out for fans of Hydra Head.