Release Date: Jun 3, 2008
Record label: Hydra Head
Genre(s): Rock, Experimental
On Life...The Best Game in Town, Harvey Milk continue along the musical trajectory of their 2006 album, Special Wishes, delivering a tighter and more cohesive collection of sludge metal gems. The signature sound that the band has cultivated over the last decade is intact, with songs that play out like someone driving a steamroller through a flower bed, with gentle, delicate sections that get crushed under a massive wall of lumbering, sludgy guitar. "Death Goes to the Winner" and "Roses" draw the listener in with fragile vocal melodies, only to pull a doomy bait and switch, exploding into shuddering dirges accompanied by Creston Spiers' tortured howl.
The cover of Harvey Milk’s Life…The Best Game in Town features a snapshot of a wall bedecked with a string of Christmas lights, an Iron Maiden poster and a sombrero. At first glance, it seems a Vice-aesthetic mockery of the lifestyle of a suburbs-entrenched metal youth. Anyone foolish enough to look at this photo long enough, though, can see it as a sympathetic shot from this dude’s perspective: looking up at the wall above his bed, pondering his bleak existence while pounding Coors and listening to record upon record.