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Podcast Episode
Season
Eleven
number
542
Type
Album Review
Post Date
6/1/2021

Big Heavy Stuff

542 Maximum Sincere by Big Heavy Stuff

Maximum Sincere

Label
The Hypnotized Label
Release year
1997
Producer
Big Heavy Stuff

A big but restrained sound on Maximum Sincere makes this Big Heavy Stuff album a post-hardcore record worth digging out

We've revisited many 90s rock bands from Australia of various types, but Big Heavy Stuff is the first to nail the post-hardcore sound made (underground) famous by bands in D.C., Kansas City, and Chicago. On 1997's Maximum Sincere, the band takes full advantage of the spacious room recording to showcase the drumming via slowed tempos and minimal arrangements that spark and blaze sonically at just the right times. There is enough melody and interesting guitar work to keep the album interesting, always a tricky proposition when slowing down, but that does lead to some less than stellar material on the back half the overall strong album.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - The Train Stops Here
  • 14:07 - Maximum Sincere
  • 25:31 - Cheating on a Dead Wife
  • 29:43 - May
  • Outro - Big Mouth

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