An eleven song collaborative split of apocalyptic proportions from two of the most awesome and eclectic young bands from the east coast hardcore/punk underground today. Washington DC's MASS MOVEMENT OF THE MOTH follow up several eps and their critically acclaimed "Outerspace" full length (Exotic Fever/Alone Records) with another contagious blast of synth-ladden, psychedelic post-hardcore, while Richmond, Virginia's THE CATALYST sludge through their latest offering of kerosene-soaked, face-melting punk/hardcore/grunge.
"Two Thousand and Six Six Six" was recorded by Lance Koehler in April 2006 at Minimum Wage Studio in Richmond, Virginia, home to past recordings by Pink Razors, Stop It!!, Government Warning, and others. Recommended for fans of KARP, THE MELVINS, BORN AGAINST, PG.99, NIRVANA, BOTCH, AN ALBATROSS, MELT BANANA, GENGHIS TRON, etc.
Though this release is currently unavailable on physical cd format, it is available for digital download. The six tracks from THE CATALYST have been remastered and included on their recently released "Marianas Trench + 9" compilation CD which is available on CD and digital download from CD Baby.
"Sweet f***ing Jesus! This split album between two of the underground’s most sonically fresh bands, Mass Movement of the Moth & The Catalyst, is an absolute scorcher. Mass Movement of the Moth wreaks havoc with their wiry, screamy take on dance happy art punk. With their synth driven songs against blasts of chaotic screamo fury Mass Movement of the Moth is certain to draw comparisons to An Albatross but I think there is definitely something else going on here. To me it is more fun, and not as contrived as some of the other bands staking out this creative territory. As much as enjoy their offerings the band that really takes the cake for me on this disc is The Catalyst whose hypnotic, feedback laden guitars and pummeling rhythm section mix together the best elements of grunge, stoner rock and post punk. Mix together Unwound, Nirvana and The Melvins but brought up in a more hardcore/screamo background and what you have is an explosive combination that can nearly contain itself. Two Thousand and Six Six Six serves as a wonderful introduction to two of the more interesting bands traveling in the American DIY punk/hardcore circle these days." - UNDER THE VOLCANO
"Alternating tracks, these two DC/Virginia hardcore groups unleash dark and aggressive punk dementia drawing on the likes of Born Against, Karp and Melt Banana. MMOTM is the synthy, psychodelic one, the Catalyst is the sludgy, noisy one. Both are bleak, angst-ridden, evocative of Reagan-era doomsaying and nuclear paranoia, antagonistic, anarchistic, contrarian, in the shadow of the capital, satanic, ready to tear the capitalistic consumer-driven ambivalent heart from the depths of suburbia." - STATUS MAGAZINE
“Mass Movement of the Moth employ stripped down punk with chaotic textures, synth-driven madness, and huge guitar bluster all of which boisterously tell tales of their high energy attack and crusty grinding percussion. The Catalyst deliver rangy noise-punk with experimental rock vibes and psychedelic walls of guitar effects and distortion for some great blues punk rock that has its wicks soaked in alcohol and illegal psychedelics… unlike many splits, THIS ONE IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL.” – SMOTHER.NET
“'Two Thousand and Six Six Six' pairs two of the Beltway’s most vicious and intrepid noise merchants. The Catalyst practices a pummeling bash-and-roll that turns the volume to bleeding. Their eardrum-rupturing trash art is best exemplified on tracks like the squalling 'Panic Don’t Panic,' the frazzled and intense 'Smoke Crack Worship Satan' and the ramshackle hostility of 'Eating People is Easy.' Mass Movement of the Moth is just as adept at the audio terrorism as The Catalyst, but they add synths to give their music an ironic twist - devilish keyboards to go with the guitar-based siege. Songs like 'Hotel Fever' and 'The Trickery of Tom Sawyer' sound like happy-go-lucky jaunts through some carnivalistic hell. On 'Stuck in the Segue,' a serpentine bassline and garbage-disposal hooks share space with synths that bring out the space cadet in all of us, or at least the gothic side.” – HARDCORE SOUNDS