Monostadt 3 were a trio that originally came out of Miami, Florida and that featured Adris Hoyos of Harry Pussy on drums, Priya Ray of Kreamy ‘Lectric Santa on violin and Robert Price of Kreamy ‘Lectric Santa on electronics. Evidence of their reign is thin on the ground with a sole release on Phil Todd’s Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers back in 1998. Experiment 8.2 is the long-coming follow-up, an LP that bundles an amazing recording of their final triumphal show from the early 2000s with a buncha fucked-up remixes of original meat. Monostadt 3 have a similar relation to free jazz as Harry Pussy although their sound is very different. The playing here roars and screams at the apex of high almost from start to finish and while at points it’s as unforgiving as early Merzbow there’s the feel of a group playing – of actual interplay – even when the speed of response seems beyond comprehension. There are moments when the strings and electronics cohere in flashing, amphetamine takes on the iconoclastic Americana of Sonny Sharrock with triumphal melodies shot down in flames while Hoyos outplays Denis Charles with time-killing stomps and gargantuan lop-sided tattoos that steamroll the whole deal into the kind of instant energy zone of Borbetomagus. But there’s a pro-rock logic here, a warped hands-on hardcore, that situates the group’s overall aesthetic somewhere within the realms of ‘free music’, albeit with a ton of primal hunch. The live set is absolutely dazzling, a singular display of improvisatory firepower that is euphoric in its ability to birth form from energy and as such it’s as transformative as all of the best fire music. The flip is a little more confusing, a bunch of remixes by Friends Forever, DJ Le Spam, Tibetan Beef Garden & Ladyfingers, Captain Ahab w/Brian Miller (of Deathbomb Arc) – but it still makes for an interesting listen, w/a bunch of mixes that expose the groups exo-skeleton in a way that breaks down the individual contributions and helps give you some kind of sense of just how the group worked and evolved. Hardcore VT followers will need little persuading to pick up anything involving Adris Hoyos but this is much more than a footnote to Harry Pussy, with the live set alone a stunning document of ferociously aformal high energy rock/roll/freedom at some kind of peak. Highly recommended!