Thursday, February 28, 2013

Facialmess - "in the facialmess" (2004 troniks)

review from

Facialmess "In the Facialmess" CS

Here's around 20 minutes of blazing harsh noise that's so fucking loud I can't adjust the volume of my headphones to be quiet enough not to hurt. Expect fits of absolutely searing distortion that's at times rhythmic and churning and more often than not chaotic and blistering with midrange - all cutup and pieced back together with a few distinct vocal samples, brief fits of grinded up radio music or something like that, and of course the inevitable stints of wicked feedback. There are three tracks herein ("When I Was Young", "Gone, But Not Forgotten", and "Dinner With Faust"), but they first two tend to follow the same approach and style, so you can't really differentiate between them per se. "Dinner With Faust" is the glowing exception, containing sparse percussive sounds layered together for a lightly metallic clanking effect for a brief couple of minutes to end the cassette. Very nice, and a huge change of pace! What I like about this material is that it comes across as more hyperactive than a lot of this stuff does, but at the same time it seems more thought out and precise in a way. Sure, it's completely insane and jumbled, but the way that some of the briefly recognizable hints of music seep in and the way some of the samples are allowed moments of clarity certainly seems at least somewhat calculated. Also effective is the fact that the recording is super loud and fiery without sounding too crisp or really coming off as overly raw either - it's a nice balance. Oh, and there's a ton of brutal stereo panning adding to the madness that can really fuck with your ears on occasion. As is often the case with these Troniks cassettes the packaging is nothing to write home about (a xerox on red paper with plain text and little imagery), but that's no big deal. This is good material that's been very tactfully executed - even down to the fact that the tape is an aptly concise 20 minutes rather than a mind-numbing 90 or something like that. Oh, and it's limited to 48 copies, so I don't know what the status is on that. Good stuff. (7/10)
Running time - 20:00 (approximately), Tracks: 3
[Notable tracks: Dinner With Faust]


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Facialmess - "A Facialmess nation" (1999 philosophy shop)

. Skinhead Statistics

. New Friends

. Kenny's Bliss

. Facialfather

. Without Any Noise


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

One Bad Pig - "A Christian Banned" (1986 porky's demise)


1. 6
2. sleepin' with the world
3. make me burn
4. blow and go
5. anarchy is prison
6. life's a bomb

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Century Sleeper - "awaken" (2006 bombworks)

consisting of Ian Arkley of My Silent Wake, Seventh Angel, Ashen Mortality,etc.
and James Allin of death/doom band Visionaire.
having been a fan of several earlier projects from the band members here i really had no idea what to expect.
i suppose it could be said that this release in some ways isn't as heavy as other projects of the guys involved...but that isn't really the case, rather there just isn't as much of a death metal feel.  its been too easily dismissed, for this is a great album, if you heard a bit in passing, give it another shot, surely you will be rewarded.

its doomy and gloomy and gothy to be sure.

at first i wasn't sure what to make of things, but after listening for about 6 minutes, it all started to so beautifully sink in and i realized what a gothy metal treat i'd stumbled upon. the vocals are interesting and emotive and are not stuck in one particular style or form of delivery, which is nice. heavy, not as slow as you'd expect, but strangely catchy dark music from these two accomplished vets.

1. voyage
2. arnos vale
3. my face in eternity
4. look straight through
5. lost on your ocean
6. fainted world
7. centenary
8. your once loving heart
9. the end
10. as i close the final page
11. autumn

Sunday, February 10, 2013

AUBE - "entangle spirant" (1995 drahtfunk products)

source = steel wire
side a:
entangle spirant I
entangle spirant II
side b:
branch forth
full stretch

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

violent onsen geisha / cock esp collab (My Fiance's Lifework Productions 1995)

file removed and strike placed against account, could result in yet another complete wipe-out of nearly ALL material