Tuesday, March 25, 2014

REVIEW-MINOTAUR-OBSESSION-CD

MINOTAUR-OBSESSION-CD
PHAGETAPES/OR/CO-PT106/OR/CO40
POWER ELECTRONICS/HARSH NOIZE
COMES IN A JEWEL CASE WITH BOOKLET.
MINOTAUR IS:
JAMES P. KEELER (WILT)
GEORGE PROCTOR
LYRICS APPROPRIATED FROM THE BOOK:
DELTA VENUS BY: ANAIS NIN


I.) BLURRED BY THE VIOLENCE I:
This starts off with ultra loud distorted air raid signal noize.
Warped tones whirl through the air and all becomes a blur of
violence as the title suggests.Everything takes a dramatic turn
and fades into a deep rythm of plodding,distorted sub-bass.The
vocals are low and ominous..Spoken a little above a whisper in
a perverse tone to perfectly match the sexual subject matter of
the album.This is like 50 shades of grey for noize freaks.Electric
drones and crunching stomps of distortion pick up the pace as
sampled vocals of lust and perversion feel the air like the stench
of sweat and sex.An all-out orgy of pure pleasure and indulgence.
Loud hissing screams spill fourth like waves of orgasm one after
another.

II.) LILITH WAS COLD:
High end noize in a rapid pace.Similar to TAINT or NICOLE 12 in
many ways.This is a really short track and honestly I don't think the
album would suffer at all if it wasn't present.The lyrics are a bit odd.
Two lines ring out during the song and almost feel pointless or out
of place...The placement of the track just feels odd or off to me for
some reason.The deep Power Violence style vocals bring to mind 
the more noize oriented work of MAN IS THE BASTARD but here
it just seems like unlike M.I.T.B. MINOTAUR doesn't have much
of a message to convey.

III.) SOLDIER:
Ok well now it seems we are back on track.A slow funeral paced
death march rythm like the stomping black boots of soildiers as
they march through city streets.Synths hum with a bright radience
as the vocalist plays the part of a narrator describing violence and
force inflicted on the general public.Raped by your protectors.This
is the world we live in.A massive roar of noize like mortar fire as
tanks roll in hungry for destruction begins and slowly fades into
a P.T.S.D. memory of wars past.All ends as trembling noize fades
into silence.

IV.) POSSESSION I:
Distorted drones laced with bass and static.Spoken down-tuned vocals
tell of sexual delight and utter torment as if they are one and the same.
This is a lot like NICOLE 12.Dark and dreary.The type of stuff that utilizes
the potency of the minimal approach to great effect.This could also be 
compared to early demos from STEEL HOOK PROSTHESES but with a
more ATRAX MORGUE approach.The subject matter throughout this 
release as well as the overall style just sounds like it should have been
released in the 1990's.In other words...MINOTAUR is keeping the perverse
side of Power Electronics alive and well.

V.) HONEY:
Steel pipes scrape cold concrete and bang on metal walls.Low rumbling 
bass molested by distortion forms a canvas on which abominations are
painted.Near whispered spoken vocals almost sung at times speak in vivid
detail...I will let you listen for yourself to see what they have to say..They
keep things short and sweet with this one.Sweet as honey.

VI.) THE HUNGER IN HER WOMB I:
Synths flood the ears.Samples of what may be a rape in progress that sound
like they are pouring out of the speakers of a broken radio make a brief 
apperance.The distortion used on the vocals is pretty interesting and gives
the whole track a very creepy and menacing feeling.Again the vocals are hardly
above a whisper...Echos narrating lustful fantasies spoken over rising and falling
electric drones.MINOTAUR excell in this style better than most others who attempt
the "serial rapist on the loose" approach...But also MINOTAUR is very succsessful in
convincing you that the women want it and may be play mates more than victims.
Feeding the hunger in their wombs while feeding the listener with a healthy dose 
of pure indulgence.

VII.) BLURRED BY THE VIOLENCE II:
This one is about 7 and a half minutes of dark erotica.The main rythm is the
same as part one but this time the vocals are deeper to the point that they
almost sound daemonic.Like an incubus sharing stories of his nightly pleasures.
Death Industrial drums pound like angry fists upon iron gates.Harsh noize takes
over as samples scream out like a living collage of flesh and debauchery.A literal
blur of violence.This is by far the most relentless and punishing track on the album
so far and we are only about 3 and a half minutes deep at this point.These guys go
from steadily pounding you into submission to violently forcing themselves on you.
Pain and pleasure.This is the audio equivalent to the scenes that go on behind closed
doors in the realms of the Hellraiser films.This is also a very "visual" album as the events
that take place in these ten tracks are described in great detail.So much like Pinhead and
his pals...MINOTAUR have "Such sights to show you..."

VIII.) HER BLOOD WAS FIRE:
The music in this track is pretty much exactly the same as track two...
But here the track is about twice as long and has much more going on 
vocally.Screams of cruel sex and forced obedience come in deep rasps
with Power Violence aggression.Being that this one is a little longer than
track two there is more happening musically as well about mid-way in.
Harsh static and additional textures make this much more interesting
than it was in it's first incarnation.I guess choosing to continue this little
theme makes track two feel a little less pointless but at the same time
many of you may consider this to be "recycled" or "lazy" You can come
to your own conclusions...If I was to hear this track alone and had to 
decide if I liked these guys based on that alone I would give em a
thumbs up for sure.

IX.) POSSESSION II:
Spoken vocals pitch-shifted far beyond human echo like surreal 
memories from the night before.A night of sexual rituals in excess.
The volume increases as distortion pedals are kicked into overdrive
and applied to the vocals.Screaming strands of distortion fill the room.
This just makes me envision a room filled with naked bodies all writhing
and moaning in grotesque pleasure without a care in the world.Deep sub-
bass pulses and howling atmospheres of feedback laced in delay and reverb
bring us to the end of the album.The hunger continues...

X.) THE HUNGER IN HER WOMB II:
Distorted drones in churning rythms like a slow tide expanding onward
endlessly.Crunching distortion repeats in echo adding to the pace and 
pulling us far past the shore line.We are now wading in a sea of honey
and human fluid.Harsh vocals screamed through distortion rage on as
additional layers and textures begin to close in to strangle us until we
are submissive enough to allow MINOTAUR to have their way with us.
And right before they get their sweaty hands on us...Everything is over
leaving the events to come next up to our imaginations.

PERVERSE POWER ELECTRONICS FOR FANS OF NICOLE 12/TAINT/GRUNT/
ATRAX MORGUE/NAVICON TORTURE TECHNOLOGIES/ETC:
7/10
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