There were will be few openings to a record quite as caustic as the guttural roar which greets the listener on hearing Misterlee's 'Night Of The Killer Longface'. The man behind it is Lee Allatson and that first track 'The Caligula Waltz' sets the standard for an often abrasive album that has footholds in the camps of art rock, punk and folk. There are shades of Dawn Of The Replicants in both Allatson's gruff vocals and a penchant for off-kilter melody best evidenced on 'Magnesium Horses'. However, the arrangements are generally more sparse with surprising diversions into unusual instrumentation; witness the lively jungle percussion on 'Black Soul' for example. Yet the over-riding picture is one of a man playing doomed country ballads in an American whisky bar.