The Midwestern United States-in my estimation-is the TRUE HOTBED for noise music and power electronics. That isn't a diss on the awesome peeps in New York/New Jersey, the brilliant peeps in South California, the genesis of power electronics in England, or the anti-establishment noise purveyors in Germany and Japan. The peeps in the Midwest United States brings a uglier, grim reality to their 'blue-collar, take no prisoners, GIVE ZERO FUCKS approach' to noise and power electronics all of us can resonate with. Labels like FUSTY CUNT, Kansas' BIG PHARMA RECORDS (@prison_city_noise), Minneapolis-based PHAGETAPES (@phagetapes), and Chicago's NO COAST NO HOPE (@nocoastnohope) brings noise to violently belligerent levels that requires our undivided attention and our respect! This segue brings me to the latest NO COAST NO HOPE release from DEATH DEDICATION (Government Name: Aaron's Apinwall, @deathdedication).
MITIGATE/ENCAPSULATE (September 10; 2017; NO COAST NO HOPE) personifies the harsh truth of the Midwest with unfiltered and unapologetic, bile-churning noise that's volatile at best; sonic carnage at its greatest! Side A, "Mitigate" is detached feedback giving way to 'assured harsh noise destruction' debilitating us along the way. As we are pummeled and weakened, DEATH DEDICATION shows zero mercy as he ends us on Side B with "Encapsulate". Pulverizing noise is interrwine with desolate rumbles and ambient noise reducing us to dust for DEATH DEDICATION to stamp out.
MITIGATE/ENCAPSULATE leaves us in wanderlust: battered, bruised, broken, and in complete agony craving more until DEATH DEDICATION's next severe, sonic beatdown! #DeathDedication#NoCoastNoHope#MitigateEncapsulate#noise#harshnoise#experimental#tensionnoise#noiseterror#fuckyoumakenoise#ImSorryIFuckingDestroyedIt#noisetantrum#supportindeoendentartists#ThisBlackGuyLovesNoiseMusic#harshnoisewall#ThisGayLoveNoiseMusicTooBitch#TheHarangue#OurViolentPeace#THEONLYBANDTHATMATTERS#PowerElectronics#NarodnaOdbrana#fuckartmakenoise#industrialnoise#NoiseAbaittorSunday
What do you get when you combine noise, power electronics, and black metal? You get the South Florida band that bridges the gulf between noise and metal, ABSOLVER (@absolver_) !
If you recall a few posts ago, I told you there is a inextricably and direct correlation between metal and noise music. In fact, they both need each other because of their extreme nature and shared ideals! Few metal bands embrace their malevolent relatives. GOSHEN (@goshenofficial) does it extremely well. So do DIRGE and GODFLESH. As does the new discovery ABSOLVER where their fascinating album OSCILLATE THY TONGUE AND HOWL AT THE SUN (August 12, 2017; Bandcamp) brings evil to a whole new level laden with monstrous guitar riffs, bludgeoning (machine) drums, and blatant amounts of bellicose, blackened noise.
OSCILLATE THY TONGUE AND HOWL AT THE SUN is extremely experimental, complex, and daring (all which are great things). ABSOLVER vicegrips us by the neck plunging us into chaotic matter where fear is the requisite, not an exception or pesky emotion...and escape is beyond impossible. All 5 songs are Roman numerals which throws (actually, ABSOLVER choke slams) us into more dread as each track progresses. My favorite tracks are "I", "II", and "V" that delivers that chaos enshrouded around dense black noise, militant beats, and droning guitars painting an 'evil Bob Ross' canvas of dark atmospherics making a horror film seem like Saturday Morning cartoon and the 'happy little trees' are constant, punishing pillars of fire!
OSCILLATE THY TONGUE AND HOWL AT THE SUN is a must get, demanding our attention and respect! You want to know why Noise Music and Metal need one another? Look no further to ABSOLVER and know the "The Noise-Metal Complex" is our new reality. #Absolver#OSCILLATETHYTONGUEANDHOWLATTHESUN#doommetal#blackmetal#noise#harshnoise#experimental#tensionnoise#noiseterror#fuckyoumakenoise#ImSorryIFuckingDestroyedIt#noisetantrum#supportindeoendentartists#ThisBlackGuyLovesNoiseMusic#harshnoisewall#ThisGayLoveNoiseMusicTooBitch#TheHarangue#OurViolentPeace#THEONLYBANDTHATMATTERS#PowerElectronics#NarodnaOdbrana#fuckartmakenoise#Bandcamp#drone#NoiseAbaittorSunday
Not wanting to sound redundant, but noise music is part of my eternal catharsis! But, I never discussed which noise artist provides me the most catharsis. Although I love all things noise where most noise artist calms me, only a few acts have truly calmed me down from the point of burning this world to the ground. Those acts are my soul eaters PEDESTRIAN DEPOSIT, noise-anarcharist CONTRAKTOR (@prison_city_noise), noise tornado PRURIENT, and genius uber-alles MERZBOW. Now, I can add to my list of catharsis: LIGATURE IMPRESSION.
A recent discovery, LIGATURE IMPRESSION (and his other projects BODY CARVE and GUTTER BLOAT, @gutterbloat) is some of the most volatile noise and power electronics. When LI isn't issuing dread and trepidation, his brutality is one of my calming forces. And, that cathartic nature especially takes place on the BACULUM/LIGATURE SPLIT cassette (September 2016; Grain Belt/PHAGETAPES, @phagetapes).
The BACULUM side (track "Auto-Erotic Synthetic Ejaculation) is just straight abusive and sexually sinister. Heavy concussion grenade blasts of black metal noise, an evil (but punishing) synth middle, only to steamroll us at the end with enraged, visceral static then silence. It's unpleasantness at its most pinnacle and psycosexual.
The LIGATURE IMPRESSION side is the hard calm after the vicious BACULUM sonic beating. Hard, lurking synths and guttural-to-bellowing vocals cuts though the belligerence to deliver a 'violently happy climax' with the tracks "Overstimulation", "Demulcent", and the detached hyper-noise of "Nerve Damage".
Thank you LIGATURE IMPRESSION for adding to my therapy against the stupidity called this world. I appreciate that such bellicose music has the opposite effect. And for that, I'm ever grateful. #LigatureImpression#Baculum#PowerElectronics#DeathIndustrial#industrialnoise#Phagtapes#Gutterbloat#noise#harshnoise#experimental#tensionnoise#noiseterror#fuckyoumakenoise#ImSorryIFuckingDestroyedIt#noisetantrum#supportindeoendentartists#ThisBlackGuyLovesNoiseMusic#harshnoisewall#ThisGayLoveNoiseMusicTooBitch#TheHarangue#OurViolentPeace#THEONLYBANDTHATMATTERS#NarodnaOdbrana#fuckartmakenoise#blacknoise