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Artist: Rasalasad, Featuring Von Magnet and Wildshores (@)
Title: Magnethism
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Thisco (@)
Rated: *****
This is the second of two 3” discs that they had sent. I had heard of Von Magnet, but the other two were new to me. This is one 17 minute composition that combines spoken word with an interesting music track. A meandering drum beat that functions as just another sound, drones that stretch on forever, Male and female voices that you can hardly make out, even with headphones. The woman says “this” in a kind of cadence, while the man’s rich bass voice blends into the music. Eventually, the woman takes over, but it is still difficult to make out – something about transformation, values, the soul, and technology. It gets repeated over and over, but this is like listening to an overheard conversation – you can make out bits and pieces, but you can’t help feeling like the words were never meant for you. Overall, the track is pleasant and interesting, with a lot going on in it. Definitely worth checking out. This album weighs in at around 17 minutes.
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Artist: Rasalasad vs Amantra
Title: Thisturbia
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Thisco (@)
Rated: *****
I had not heard of Rasalasad or Amantra, but I had reviewed several albums from Thisco and had enjoyed them, so I was interested to see what they had here. This is the first of two 3” discs that they had sent, with folded brown packaging and a stamped cover. The nice thing about 3” CDs, is you can get right into the music, so let’s go! “Rapid Eye” opens the disc with a splendid mixture of glacially moving synth drone mixed with electronic noise and static. The contrast works well together, and when the drone wins out, you feel like something is missing. “Awakening” keeps this feeling going, and reminds me of older Lycia. It’s not harsh, but there is an edge to it. “Peak” brings in a heavy, thudding bass beat that gives it a martial feel, like the soundtrack to the aftermath of a battle scene. “Error” closes the disc, and is a bit different with a simple keyboard line over noisy drone. It’s almost like listening to the closing credits of a film in a factory. Seems somewhat out of place with the rest of the album, but rather nice nonetheless. Overall this was a good taste of each of these bands, and makes me interested to hear more from each of them. This album weighs in at around 19 minutes.
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Artist: Platemaker
Title: Live At The Old Police House
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Inner Demons Records
Rated: *****
I was unfamiliar with Platemaker, but the project seems to be the work of one Rob Woodcock, and the website describes it as “workplace grievance related circuit bent noise attack.” Bonus points for putting it into the category of Kitchen/Cooking. So let’s get into it and see what Platemaker is cooking up. It seems like the blue plate special for the day is harsh in your face noise. This is a full out aural assault from the beginning. If you like harsh noise wall, this is one for you. There are some completely unintelligible vocals in here, but they are almost unrecognizable as such. Grinding static and squealing electronics. Rumbling low end keeps it all together. Towards the end it all collapses into a pulsating electronic mess. This is a live action, and it definitely has the rawness that I enjoy from these kinds of recordings. I recommend not only picking this up, but also checking him out live if you happen to be in the UK. Overall this is a good time, and left me interested to hear more. This album is limited to 42 copies and weighs in at around 15 minutes.
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Artist: Glaive (@)
Title: Untitled
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Inner Demons Records
Rated: *****
GLAIVE is a live collaboration between Vasectomy Party and FAIL. I was well acquainted with Fail, but had not heard Vasectomy Party, so I was interested to hear how this would play out. This is one track that weighs in at around 21 minutes. Completely overdriven static starts us off on a journey down 20 miles of unpaved road full of heavy bass rumble and a lot of digital whines (sounds like a theremin). This is like listening to a 1950’s sci-fi sound effects disc in the middle of a factory churning out widgets over and over and over. Eventually we hear some heavily distorted voices over a wall of feedback – it’s impossible to understand, and the voice and feedback alternate back and forth making for an interesting point/counterpoint. Still, it didn’t really seem to fit well with the rest of the track, but this segment comes to an end and we return to the factory. What makes this piece interesting is that it actually feels like a composition of noise – this is what the futurist Luigi Russolo advocated for in his manifesto, “The Art of Noises”; a celebration of industrial sounds. It feels finely crafted and well put together, which makes it all the more impressive that it was done live. Worth checking out and limited to 42 copies, so pick it up while it’s still available.
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Artist: Sloth
Title: Untitled
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Inner Demons Records
I was unfamiliar with this project, which evidently used to hail from northeast Ohio and now calls the Florida gulf coast home. At least the logo is amusing, with its homage to the classic metal band Death, and a band that states that they are on Bandcamp and Yelp is one that is not taking itself too seriously, which I respect. I have really enjoyed the stuff that Inner Demons has been putting out, but not even Babe Ruth was able to bat 1000. If you like your noise subtle, this may be up your alley. This is a lot of rumbling, low end noise, with just enough static to keep it interesting, but it doesn’t really seem to go anywhere. It’s like Sloth took the same loop and ran it 20 times. This is kind of like the aural equivalent of watching the static on TV when there is no signal - easy listening for the noise set, but not really my cup of tea. Your mileage may vary, however. This album weighs in at around 20 minutes and is limited to 42 copies.
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