sorry for the distortion/"cdr sounds" on the last two tracks. it happens with cd labels and older cds. enjoy it for what it is.
NOT to be confused with the two "japanoise of death" compilations...those are absolutely terrific though. i'm not sure if they're still available, but you'll want to track them down. re-post from 2012
It's been a while since I ran across a status check on the state of noise works in Japan, so it was nice to get this one in the mail. From the middle of the U.S., Little Mafia Records herein give us a rundown from some of Japan's best-known purveyors of unforgiving audio experimentation.
Stand back, clear your mind, and ready yourself for distortion, white noise, electronics, metallic smashing, and the occasional moments of actual beauty shining through the chaos. While making noise may be "easy," making noise that actually communicates something is an altogether different deal. Therein lies the difference between art and, well, rubbish. This album thankfully is pretty much the real thing, as you might expect from names like K.K. Null, MSBR, Masonna, and Incapacitants.
Pain Jerk kicks the album off with rhythmic thumping, metallic crashings, and grindings. It's all electronics, no synth, but it sounds more like a kitchen dishpan disaster. The piece later turns into white-noise whooshes and walls of noise static. K2 follows, as always using metal junk effected and recorded onto a multi-track, then mixed down using sudden movements and abrupt shifts between sounds. Though the sound source is metal junk, this actually ends up sounding less like metallic sounds then the Pain Jerk electronics did! The joys of noise.
C.C.C.C.'s piece has the thick sound they always manage to deliver, like being inside a jet engine while it's running. A surprising inclusion here is Melt-Banana, not generally considered a noise group. This piece, though, is rather like a weird "noise remix" of one of their songs, with extra-added editing and sound effects.
Using his "nullsonic", often just a patch cord played through an array of effects, K.K. Null serves up a collection of shimmering, throbbing sounds, like crystalline shards of electronic humming. Some parts end up sounding a bit like shortwave interference. I was surprised to find MSBR's piece actually rather tame compared to many of the other tracks here, though that's not a bad thing. He'll usually deliver the harsher side of noise, but here he slowly percolates, like rumbles and fuzzes stirred slowly in a pot.
Masonna's track, though, is another dose of intense screaming cathartic noise, repeating loops of static, shouts and yelling through filters and distortion and who knows what...if a little baby threw a tantrum with a fuzzbox, maybe this is what you'd get. Never a disappointment, the Incapacitants are a relatively underappreciated quantity in the noise scene despite being one of the longest-running projects in Japan. Vocals echoing out to space, distorted rumbles and creaky static-laden trains cascade through the headphones. Look out.
It's always tempting to look at a compilation as a state of the union address from a particular genre, or location, or otherwise-delineated category, and the title of this release almost encourages it. But most often it's not that easy; and without names like Merzbow, Hijokaidan, Astro, Guilty Connector, and so many more, this compilation couldn't claim to cover the whole of the Japanese noise territory. But as a snapshot of a number of expert contributors, it's a fine sample to enjoy. And as an introduction for newcomers, it would make a great start.
update: 8-28-16: i've since included this on "POSTNATAL", a full length on band camp. in addition to this, there are two remixes by black sheet servitude; the originals also appear on this release.
so i did this in the latter half of last year...it hasn't been released anywhere yet to my knowledge.
amid all the health problems of last year .......i've started to record new stuff. (after an all too short hiatus) there should be more updates here soon.
been waiting to post this for a long while now.
keep in mind this came out of the 1994 'christian' underground when evaluating its 'kickassness'.
the quality could be better, but it probably sounds a good solid bit better than my cassette rip does.
you can crank this fucker easily.
shout out to tempered steel radio for turning me on in the early 90's.
track 11 is a fast thrashy banger and the weird tribal drumming on track 3 are a treat.
1. Pre-life Vivisection
2. Covenant With Evil
3. I Do What I Do Not Want To Do
4. Habitual Sacrifice
5. Shortway to Hell
8. Carnal Conception
9. Via Doloros
while going through my bins of cd-r's recently i discovered this little gem. (standard cdr in standard jewel case with collaged colour artwork)
i can't quite remember when or where i got this, but according to discogs.com the release info does differ quite a bit from the original cassette release from 1997. i'm assuming its a bootleg of some sort???
anyone with any additional info who might be able to explain this thing in more detail, please leave a comment. aside from all that jive...its definitely stimbox and its definitely awesome and i'm definitely quite glad to have it! :)
unfortunately, the links i post here are good for only 90 days. (assuming there are no downloads in said 90 days. if there are, links refresh another 90 days.) after said time they vanish and i have to reupload them. as i'm constantly doing the ol'file shuffle...it's much harder to honor requests for re-ups than it seems (or i would like) however, i really want to help out a few of you where i can, esp. in cases of personal rips, etc. keep checking, you never know. i'm trying folks.