Thursday, February 7, 2013

Blsphm / Gezoleen / Hadals / Knoll - 4way cs - Tapes of a Neon God

BLSPHM a bedroom recording of darke harshend blackmetal blasted at the speed of grindcore with searing insane vocal hate. Its a superfast blur of drum+guitar-noise over buried throat abuse.  Near the 6ix minute mark, it turns into a chill drone piece. Perfect gateway to the next artist. 

Gezoleen Synth buzz& turntable or microphone bump looped with shining pads hovering above. Creates a nice dimensional textured rhythm with no gaps or empty spaces yet plenty of head & breathing room. Suddenly jarred by a flip in the script. VOCALS like that of a poor-man's Jerry Cantrell or Ardent Vein boom in with an old school Type-o-Negative kind of feel. The music totally changed as well, but there are some familiar elements like the looped mic bump but with some distorted guitar or bass and a low bit resolution effect somewhere in there. The music sounds completely interesting but the vocals killed my boner for awesomeness.

Hadals seep in from nothing. A massive kick gongs out, exploding exponentially, rolling thunderous grimy distorted ripples, asserting superiority and commanding respect from every corner of the universe. Wet & hostile, end of the world wall type shit. Gives way to an epic cool down featuring hiss and soft shimmery crystal goblet drones. Earthy and mystical. Comparatively the most ambient thing ever. Slowly fades back into nothing... Eventually another song begins, or so it seems. No, this is just some more, thick & bad-ass death-industrial end of the world wall type shit. Hadals giving you exactly what you want. 

Knoll kicks it off with a lo-fi sample and dives right into some harsh noise jams. Distortion and Delay pedal does most of the work on what sounds like a possible open room recording. The slightly lossy recording quality may be my imagination. Dude must have a bass guitar maybe? not sure. Sounds like he had a blast playing this stuff. I can find like zero info on this project other than his name, Kevin Wright, Birmingham AL. Plenty of distorted-delay/loop grooves that dont stick long enough to play out their welcome. Bang yer head. I'm bangin' mine. Let me know if you find any other Knoll recordings k?

Self Communion / Drowner split cs out on What We Do Is Secret

Self Communion is the solo project Nic Schmidt. Maybe you've heard of some of his other involvements: Mutant Video, Pig Heart Transplant, FEEDING. Anyhow this sounds like : Distortion saturated stagger-tone walking bass loops shadowed by droned zombie vocals. Stabbing rhythms, robotic living tissue, slow-smoked bath-salts. Self Com. Hairs on the back of my neck... Creep.

Drowner rips us a bouquet of junk metal doom, walls of searing slime, disgusting scum functions, and underlying dark-ambient hate. Jams. His tracks begin at the end of Self Communion's side which seems kinda weird sci-fi outer tape space. Kinda makes for a unique split though.

I would describe these as quality recordings that capture the tone and essence of each of these killer projects. Pro production values all around. Awesome artwork featuring armless naked female mannequin with inverted cross necklace YES! Nice dubs. Imprint. Released in 2010. What We Do Is Secret.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Rape Victim Revenge - I Kill Rich Cunts C30 out now On Crystal Lake Tapes

Rape Victim Revenge
: Harsh Noise project, hails from Washington state's inland empire. This tape offers up some HNW, pure and simple. Nothing esoteric or experimental here. Full-on white-hot distortion worship. Static motion. Powerful display of restraint & discipline. Firm low-end rumble, not sub-sonic or muddy, nice and tight. Thin around the waste-line but with a busty upper mid-range. My ears are constantly drawn to this area. It's like those old impact /carbon copy printers predating fax modems. Dimming the dial a bit a the high side, these sounds poke at my brain directly behind my eyes and envelope around my ears. Very listenable. Rape Victim Revenge has no use for vocals, microphones, or conventional instruments of any kind. Just HARSH NOISE WALL. After several listens, I'm almost sure both sides contain the same track. Fuck all. Listen to HNW.
Keep an eye on Rape Victim Revenge. He's played only a handful of gigs and gaining quick momentum. His next live appearance will be opening for Blue Sabbath Black Cheer / Black Leather Jesus in Seattle on March 1st, 2013.
Crystal Lake Tapes is a brand new HNW off-shoot of the WORTHLESS RECORDINGS label. They made 21 copies of this, so get it while you can.