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El Stew

El Stew

OM

Hell Stew, more likely. This amalgamation of West Coast freaks, including Praxis alums Buckethead and Brain, is an unsettling concoction of just about any element you can name, with plenty left over that you can't. Fizzy drumming cruises alongside manic scratching, dubby basslines lope along while the guitar flashes out like the climax of a July 4 fireworks show. Heavy shit, heavy heavy heavy, the sort of sonic buffet that will generate sound samples for years to come.

OM Records, 245 S. Van Ness, San Francisco, CA 94103

--Carl Glaser