Published Oct 21, 2015Know How to Carry a Whip is the eagerly anticipated sophomore album from Corrections House, the dynamic collaboration that features icons Mike Williams (Eyehategod), Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza) and Sanford Parker (Minsk). The new release follows the band's 2013 debut, Last City Zero, which displayed their diverse sound that combines industrial metal and doom with different experimental elements and dark, depressing themes. The nine-track album takes things to another level, as Corrections House have further developed their unique style; this time around, they're even more ominous, nihilistic and dismal, starting with the mechanical and corrosive "Crossing My One Good Finger."
Corrections House slow things down slightly on "Superglued Tooth," an unsettling number that features droning melodies, layers of electronic noise and Williams' poetic, despairing vocals. The Ministry-esque "White Man's Gonna Lose" has a classic and lively industrial vibe, while "Visions Divide" is a simple and beautiful, yet gloomy, acoustic track that stands out and is more akin to Kelly's solo work. "When Push Comes to Shank" amalgamates harsh tones and oppressive percussion with a complex array of anxiety-inducing electronic effects. The atmospheric and dissonant "Burn the Witness" closes Know How to Carry a Whip, ending the dystopian release with an overwhelming sense of defeat. (Neurot)