ACTUARY/THE BLACK SCORPIO UNDERGROUND-METAMORPHOSIS OF THE TRANSGRESSOR-SPLIT-CASSETTE
LOVE EARTH MUSIC/LEM59
BLACK NOISE/DEATH INDUSTRIAL/HARSH NOISE/POWER ELECTRONICS
COMES IN A PLASTIC CASE WITH J-CARD INSERT.ON CEAR CASSETTE
WITH TRACK NAMES PRINTED ON THE TAPE.
SIDE A.) ACTUARY:
I.) STRICKEN HOST LIES DOWN:
ACTUARY starts this one out with a single track that opens with fragmented
loops of static and drones that seem to glow and shimmer like radiant crystals.
The overall vibe is unsettling.It feels like entering a strange, otherworldly
realm where all is foreign and uncertain.Electronics swirl like fireflies but
offer no illumination to what's safe and what isn't.Distorted currents of noise
ebb and flow as the electronics become more playful and reveal their true nature.
Spinning like Japanese throwing stars that slice at the thick ambiance and cut
their way towards the listener.The bass on the drones is cranked up to ten causing
the speakers to shake and the floors to vibrate.I wouldn't call this harsh compared
to a lot of stuff out there but it is still very effective.Monk-like chanting begins
and reveals a glimpse of the obscure creatures that inhabit this odd world but their
words are cryptic and the noise that accompany them only aid to the confusion.At times
ACTUARY transcend into harsher territory as layers multiply in a rabid intercourse of
audio adrenaline.Scraping noise and fidgeting distortion combine and warp into walls
of insanity.Everything eventually becomes a dark and twisted mass of formless terror.
Feedback is flung out of a vortex of distorted madness in every direction.Grinding
sub-bass movements devestate all in their wake like molten lava sweeping through and
charring a landscape.Towards the end it sounds like everything is being burnt until
only ash and cinders remain.A fitting end to the piece.
SIDE B.) THE BLACK SCORPIO UNDERGROUND:
II.) GENITAL MINOTAUR /
THE BLACK SCORPIO UNDERGROUND entertain and/or frighten us with
another face of darkness to both rival and match the diseased
soundscape we've just endured with ACTUARY on side A. The oddly
titled "Gentital Minotaur" (Which reminds me of an idea the early
surrealists used to play with in various zines and paintings) begins
with bleeping electronics and feedback tightly wrapped around obscure
chants and clanging metallic objects that sound like some ancient ritual
or burial rite in progress.A gathering of voices and slow but hectic clanging
that soon transforms into spoken samples of a preacher discussing biblical
passages and theories on God abandoning mankind...Almost as if summarizing
the fall of pagan ways to a new doctrine in an attempt to bring "civilization"
to those whose ways were seen as "unfit." High end noise squeals like unoiled
engines struggling to breath in a stressed attempt that will likely end in failure.
The mixing is pretty interesting and reminds me of old WHITEHOUSE recordings where
the audio comes in split channels, One in the right ear and one in the left with
headphones.Deep bass currents like booming winds pick up and usher in hissing blasts
of noise that come like bursts of steam from busted pipes until we end with further
sermons as they fade into silence."Immolation/Revelation" is quite different but still
captures the overall direction of the album without straying too far from the themes
presented here.Static rhythms play out over a haunting but empty resonance as spoken
samples can be heard in the distance as if they were coming from a television in another
room.A second series of rhythms is layered over the first and dense, bass-filled static
currents spill out into the atmosphere causing a claustraphobic effect.This track feels
"dirtier" than the previous and hangs like a cloud of ash that refuses to dissipate.Bleak
and minimal which works well as a closing piece for this release.The sampled conversations
are muffled and obscured which adds a sense of mystery or hidden truth.Not the darkest or
the most violent track from THE BLACK SCORPIO UNDERGROUND but it's still interesting and
feels at home here.
NOT A BAD PAIRING.BOTH ARTISTS DO SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT FROM
WHAT YOU MIGHT EXPECT FROM THEM.IF YOU'RE IN THE MOOD FOR SOMETHING
SLOW AND DARK THIS IS WORTH CHECKING OUT: