Monday, May 12, 2014

REVIEW-POWER MONSTER-TRICKS ARE FOR KIDS-CASSETTE

POWER MONSTER-TRICKS ARE FOR KIDS-CASSETTE
INDUSTRIAL COLLAPSE PRODUCTIONS-ICP02
HARSH NOISE/POWER ELECTRONICS/HNW
COMES IN A PLASTIC CASE WITH INSERT.
LIMITED TO 25 HAND NUMBERED COPIES
ON CLEAR CASSETTE.
POWER MONSTER IS:
ALEXANDRA PHARMAKIDIS



SIDE A.) 

I.) CICATRIX / II.) FELLATRIX:
POWER MONSTER is a one woman project that creates
some really nice easy listening peices...Smooth sailing.
That is if you can easily listen to the sounds of an armada
of rusted and coroded WWII tankers sailing on a sea of 
twisted metals,sharp glass and shards of debris among
other waste and wreckage.So yeah this is some Harsh
Noise (and sometimes almost HNW) for those of you 
who are into stuff like SWALLOWING BILE, SEWER
ELECTION, FLESH PRISON, TAINT, INFIRMARY, Etc.
One cassette...Two sides...Two tracks on each...This is
all you need to see what POWER MONSTER is all about.
But by no means stop there...Check out all of Alexandra's
work if you get the chance.Most often when the words "Noise"
and "Female" are combined people think of PHARMAKON right
away...And though that means she has done something to grab
peoples attention so often...It does not mean she is the only lady
making noise nor does it make her the most "extreme." As far as
sonic assualts go...Very few compare to POWER MONSTER.This
is grinding, ripping, harsh and ugly stuff...Presented raw and loud.
However...Don't write this off as random harshness just for the sake
of being loud and noisey...Every track here is well thought out and
constructed...Layered, textured, timed and executed as an artform.
Each composition holds a rage all it's own and tones unique to each
are used to express this.Feedback and crunshing waves of relentless
distortion rise like tidal waves from the sea to pummel and devastate
anything in their wake.Once the beach front property is properly demolished
and done away with this keeps on going.POWER MONSTER is a churning machine
of destruction stuck on overdrive...But even then...At times you can still catch traces
of what could be considered melodic or at the very least some nice ambiance running
through the various layers of these compositions...While at other times it is pure nails
across a chalkboard amped to ten and used as a means of percussion type of stuff.What
ever route Miss Pharmakidis chooses to go...She makes it her own and it works for her.

SIDE B.) 

III.) ORATRIX / IV.) TESTTRIX:
As far as Harsh Noise goes this is top shelf stuff.I am sure a lot of heads
will turn when they hear this...The name POWER MONSTER sort of throws
you off at first and almost makes it seem like it will be a cute attempt at a
girl trying to play with the big boys...But then you hear what this sounds like
and you realize that it is actually a pretty dammned fitting description for 
the monstrous tracks held on this tiny little cassette tape...In other words
this is a real ego smashing kick in the nuts...Especially if you're one of those
douche bag elitist types who think women have no place in the noise scene.
Keep talking that shit...If POWER MONSTER is any indication of what the 
future holds for our macho-man dominated scene then you might wanna get
ready to bend over and take it like the big man you are...My only complaint
with this and all of Alexandra's releases is that it just can't compare to the
experience of hearing this in a live setting...But that can be said about pretty
much anybody...Best thing you can do is blast this as loud as possible just take
it all in.Like I mentioned before POWER MONSTER often drifts into some 
HNW style territory...However, the purists would dismiss that right away as
there are too many changes weaving within these distorted onslaughts to truly
call this HNW...Nonetheless, This is similar in that these are long and highly
distorted compositions that seem to swallow up everything in the room until
they finally vanish like a black hole suddenly closing like it never existed...Not
to say this doesn't leave an impact for the damage is done and it most certainly
does.Lets hope that this is a glimpse of what the future holds for females creating
noise...If your a women into harsh electronic music...Follow this example and start
fucking shit up...We'd love to hear it over here at Traumatic Static!!!

HARSH NOISE FOR FANS OF INFIRMARY/VOMIR/SEWER ELECTION/HERUKRAT/
IMMACULATE: GROTESQUE/SWALLOWING BILE/CREATION THROUGH DESTRUCTION/
EN NIHIL/ABYZM/ETC...VERY LIMITED...ONLY 25 COPIES PRESSED...GET ONE:

8.5/10
-ABATTOIR-

WWW.SOUNDCLOUD.COM/PWRMNSTR
APHARMAKIDIS@GMAIL.COM

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