This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):
West Nile Fever? Forget it. Monkeypox? Never mind. SARS? Please.
The only scourge you really need to fear these days is Plague Soundscapes, a highly volatile, contagious and debilitating neurological dementia that originated with San Diego hardcore dementoids The Locust. If you feel you might be prone to infection, be on the lookout for one or all of the following characteristics: Bursts of punishing hyperspeed drumming, intense rhythmic spasms, painfully intricate musical and tempo shifts, fever-dream hallucinations, indecipherable ear-shredding shrieking, maggot costumes and aberrant song titles like The Half-Eaten Sausage Would Like to See You in His Office.
If at any time you feel you may have been exposed to The Locust — and with 23 musical viral strains included on the 21-minute Plague Soundscapes, it obviously takes only a few seconds of casual contact to become a victim — seek immediate emergency treatment by listening to classic-rock FM or, if all else fails, John Tesh. Failure to seek timely attention may result in obsessive-compulsive behaviours, extreme confusion, ringing headaches, unbearable itching, inappropriate espisodes of rage, weeping and paranoia, projectile vomiting, extreme psychosis, internal organ failure and eventual death from endlessly replaying this disc while refusing to eat, sleep, drink or leave the house. You have been warned.