Sunday, January 19, 2014

REVIEW-U-731-BY ALL MEANS-CD

U-731-BY ALL MEANS-CD
 MALIGNANT RECORDS/BLACK PLAGVE PRODUCTIONS-INFECT10
DEATH INDUSTRIAL/POWER ELECTRONICS
COMES IN A 4 PANEL DIGIPACK
ARTWORK BY: MORRIES (GNAW THEIR TONGUES)
U-731 IS: GORDON LAZARUS
ADDITIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS BY:
JOHN STILLINGS (STEEL HOOK PROSTHESES)
TRACKS 1-3
ANDREW GRANT (THE VOMIT ARSONIST)
TRACKS 5-6
MASTERED BY JOHN STILLINGS AT STEEL HOOK AUDIO
By all means is the first and last U-731 release.
Sole Member Gordon Lazarus will be working under
the moniker UNITED FRONT for all future releases
as he's on a mission outside of music alone.What will soon
be known as UNITED FRONT will become not only a musical
outlet but also a gathering of like minded souls banded
together to carry out various agendas as a collective
movement.As far as the album in question goes.By all means
is one of the darkest most evil sounding releases I have
ever heard.Not evil in a satanic or daemonic way, but evil
in the sense that this is a true reflection of the demented
acts of mankind past, present and future.What may or may not
be conspiracy theories are exposed and brought to life in
grim detail.Wether or not you believe in any of the warnings
contained here is totally up to you.Regardless.This is intense
and claustraphobic death industrial drenched in despair and
dread featuring contributions from some of the best artists
the modern underground has to offer.An aural apocalypse to
serve as a soundtrack to man's legacy.
I.) FORCED NEUROTIC DISPLACEMENT:
The hum electronics in the form of a dense fog flows through the
air.Dreary synths create a quiet haunting atmosphere.The warped
vocals of John Stillings hiss in his trademark style.He sounds
like a thousand manipulated needles peircing your ears.All is
slow as hell even for death industrial.Rolling waves of fog and
distorted metallic noize pull everything along like soldiers dragging
a war wagon full of corpses.Shifting tones add a sense of malevolence
and malignancy.John Stillings vocals are louder and less obscured than
in much of his work with STEEL HOOK PROSTHESES.Sampled spoken word peices
add to the overall feeling of anxiety causing the hairs on the back of your
neck to stand straight at attention.Thick textures and ambience create the
feeling of something big on the horizon.A preperation for all out war in
the last days of humanity.The vocals are inhuman and electronic...Souless
against a track full of emotion.Though none of these emotions are pleasent.
Times of joy are nothing but a memory.
II.) ASPHYXIANT COLLAPSE:
A murky haze of churning synth bass flooded with deep vocals. pitch shifted
way down.Another sea of electronic waves flows through the air.Turning machines
cranking out each slow tide like a death industrial generator on auto-pilot.
By no means inviting or welcoming but at the same time "soft" and thought
provoking.We suffer a slow death as U-731 prepares for the task of embalming
all of our fresh corpses.
III.) THE MECHANICS OF EMBALMING:
Seven long minutes of agonizing synth dread, pitch-black ambience and reeling
death industrial.Downtuned samples that almost sound like Pin Head explaining
the process of embalming over flowing dark radience and soft waves of distortion.
A steady pulse pulls us through tides of prophesy as our future state is revealed
in grim detail.Roaring static and distortion build as immense industrial grade
percussions clash in the background.John Stillings delivers some terrifying vocals.
Totally manipulated and fucked up.Raped by machines and molested by effects.As each
bitter sentence ends it is accompanied by air slicing cymbals and slamming metals.
Samples repeat on as if they are trying to provoke a reaction from the listener.
The vocals become more inhuman and robotic as the track persists and the intensity
that U-731 is able to build is remarkable.
IV.) AKTION-FREEDOM/REAKTION-RESISTANCE:
Track four is Gordon Lazarus working alone.A foggy realm cloaked in a surreal haze.
Dark ambience very similar to ABANDONED ASYLUM and artists of that nature.Only this
is injected with paranoia and anxiety.Sampled political speeches echo over the
emptiness and inform the public of the threat of secret societies.Harsh static and
noize like high pressured blasts of water against sheet metal.Crunching distortion
suffocates all as the words "Free and Independent" repeat in cruel mockery.Or perhaps
to get those key words stuck in your mind in hopes that the collective people will
stand up and fight for their very definition.
V.) F.E.M.A. CARE:
Something stirs through the atmosphere as a sampled news report exposes what F.E.M.A. has
been up to behind our backs and under our noses.Building what looks like concentration camps
in odd locations complete with electronic doors, rows of barbed wire fencing and massive
furnaces among other things.Then saying these facilities are to be used for disaster relief
at times and the "war" on drugs at others.Do some research on this subject and come to your
own conclusions; but for the sake of the song and subject matter just try and enjoy this
regardless of your oppinions on the matter.Vocals are delivered by Andrew Grant A.K.A.
THE VOMIT ARSONIST.Here he is in a fucking rage and a half.WAY WAY WAY louder than a lot
of his other work and ten times more pissed the fuck off.Semi harsh distorted synths flow
in strands of despair as Grant screams in absolute anger telling a story from the point
of veiw of somebody taken against their will at gunpoint along with their families to
a friends U.S. government owned and opperated concentration camp.Recollections of home
invasions and being witness to murdered U.S. civillians at the hands of those who are
supposed to be there to protect them.Sampled voices of informants tell of martial law
and other plans big brother may have in store.We are a little over half way in to this
roaring maw of political corruption.Most artists would'nt dare to touch a subject like
this but U-731 is by far not your average project.Harsh ear ripping mind tearing
electronics drone out and slither like coiling serpents.U-731 has come to strike.
VI.) BY ALL MEANS:
The title track is a monolithic thriteen minute display of drifting electronics joined
by sampled political speeches from wars past.Though these events have already unfolded
the whole point of history is to learn from the past.These forboding words may very well
forshadow events to come in our near or distant futures.Building hazy death ambient grows
like a festering boil.Foaming and bubbling as it infects greater areas of the body and claims
all in a slow painful death of total agony.Again Andrew Grant is present and still full of
extreme rage.Bitter nihilistic screams cloud the air in a black mist of hatred and the putrid
stench of bile.Enraged is an understatement.His lyrics are spewed fourth and promptly commanded
rather than sung.Together with U-731 all the artists present have formed an abominable war machine
hell bent on exposing abominations and atrocities already happening or currently being planned the
locked and bolted doors of government facillities.Gordon Lazarus could not have chose a better faculty
to work with in crafting this nightmare.Rallying shouts and cries are heard as Adolf Hitler shouts a
speach in the background.U-731 is NOT affiliated or a part of any Nazi or White Power scenes or movements
however and the use of the sample is merely to draw a parallel to the climax that would surley come if the
subject matter on the album is indeed made a reality.White washed sheets of white noise and heavy distortion
sound along with a massive death march amplify just how serious U-731 are about their cause.Pure Nihilistic
visions of our remaining days.
VII.) SUO GAN/LAST RIGHTS:
The finale arrives in two movements that flow together towards an audio holocaust.Dense frequencies
and distorted wavelengths usher in another long forgotten war centered transmission.The air waves
are soaked in urgency as a lone speaker says his peice concerning the German government circa WWII.
Thick noize floods the air and sucks the oxygen out of the room as distant orchestras play on strings
of despair.All this fades into a beautiful choir singing an old patriot song as thundering bombs burst
through the angelic beauty.A total fucking battlefield in all out war and devestating destruction.The
speakers as well as the windows and everything else in sight quake in an uproar making it all literally
hit home.Pipe organs play a sunday hymnal adding sorrow and beauty in the wake of war.As the album draws
to a close all I can think is with one final bomb blast at the end this release would be absolutly perfect.
BOOM!!!!!!!!! Immediate chills...These guys have accomplished a masterpeice in every sense of the word.
THE ALPHA AND OMEGA...THE FIRST AND THE LAST FOR U-731...AND IT'S FLAWLESS...
NOMINEES FOR ALBUM OF THE YEAR RARLEY COME THIS EARLY IN...YOU NEEDED TO GET
THIS YESTERDAY...LIMITED TO 500 COPIES...GET ON IT FUCKERS:
10/10
-ABATTOIR-

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