Monday, April 27, 2015

REVIEW-BRANDKOMMANDO-TWO SIDES OF VIOLENCE-CASSETTE

BRANDKOMMANDO-TWO SIDES OF VIOLENCE-CASSETTE
PHAGE TAPES-PT209
POWER ELECTRONICS/DEATH INDUSTRIAL/MINIMAL NOISE
COMES IN A PLASTIC CASE WITH J-CARD INSERT.ON BLACK
CASSETTE WITH LOGOS PRINTED ON THE TAPE.



SIDE A.)
I.) NEW LIFE / II.) THE ENEMY / III.) NOT FOR LOVE:

Since this is a Phage Tapes release, chances are it's gonna be a
great one.This is a label that has put out countless quality albums
on various formats over the years.Since it's a BRANDKOMMANDO release,
it's pretty much a guarantee."New Life" kicks things off with loud
synth drones and samples from The Excorcist from the famous excorcism
scene.Other spoken samples showcase rants on the insanity of society
as drones cloaked in light distortion breath in slow breaths.Blasts of
distorted sub-bass synths and harsh vocals in booming tones lash out as
slight touches of feedback play in the air.This is pretty violent in
comparrison to a lot of stuff I've heard from BRANDKOMMANDO in the past.
"The Enemy" opens with political speeches and deep, pulsating synths that
are quickly overpowered by crunchy static loops.The tracks stick to a simple
formula that is very effective and serve their purpose.Washed out walls of 
pure noise are erected and stand tall over the pulsing movements beneath until
they force them out of the picture.Various harsh textures arise and crackle as
industrial percussion's and rolling sub-bass waves eclipse what was before.
We've got some grade A electronics here kids.This is sorta similar to the
last album from GNAWED in terms of composition.Distorted rhythms that sound
like Black Metal style shrieks repeat and stretch in a hideous manner until
phased out electronics vibrate til the end."Not For Love" opens with dense 
walls and more phaser abuse.Dreary vocals come in moans wrapped in lite 
distortion and static pops and cracks throught the speakers.Blades of
phased noise are thrown in your direction until they're replaced by spoken
emergency samples and rhythmic, rusty scraping.Like a cement scraper being
ran over dry concrete to form a mid-tempo beat.The panicked voices of a
large crowd are heard along with obscurred speeches through megaphones.
The source of the clatter is unknown but whatever it is, people are 
freaking the fuck out.Side A ends with the crowd flipping their shit
until silence cancels out their anxieties.

SIDE B.) 
IV.) MADAME AGHATA AND MITTERRAND /
V.) INTERAHAMWE / VI.) HUTU POWER:

On the B side we go into "Madame Aghata and Mitterrand." Corroded noise that
flows like a dense toxic cloud come to strip everything it touches until all is
wreckage.After the hazzardous breeze rips through we are met with brooding ambiance
played on deep strings.This too passes into a third movement of minimal wind-like
sounds and then returns and resonates deeper.Buzzing high energy electricity comes
from out of nowhere and intensifies the atmosphere with powerfull, charged volts.
This is the darkest piece on the album so far.The energy is so strong that you can
feel it surging through you as you listen.Chaotic frequencies of feedback and fuckery
spill out and violate the atmosphere in a surprising twist.It feels like it penetrates
into your nervous system and makes a mess of things the first time you listen to it.
Just pure noise at work here guys.It is controlled however and forms patterns from 
time to time to rationalize the madness."Interhamwe" is a dizzying display of warped
electronics and heavy filter abuse.Phasers are on full blast as disorienting ambiance
does a seesaw of sickness.Deep and distorted vocals growl out over heavy sub-bass ran
through some really nice distortion.Sorta like a more managed and Death Industrial take
on some of the ideas WHITEHOUSE played with in the early days.All in all it's a really
cool track.The underlying ambiance sounds like it's played on pipe organs in a lurching
rhythm.A sort of Phantom of the Opera type vibe...Meaning a disturbed guy playing creepy
shit in the dark...Not an actual opera...The vocals get pretty vicious towards the end
and come in raspy wisps through reverb and delay effects."Hutu Power" grinds into your
mind on thick synths that sound like massive turning cogs accompanied by distant feedback
and brittle ambiance that makes up a chilling atmosphere.This one is also quite dark and
sinister.There is an eerie quality that adds an unsetteling element as well as suspence.
It just feels like something bad is about to happen.There are some really interesting
vocals that come in low growls through some real cool effects.They sound like some evil
entity whispering incantations through a throat filled with gravel to complete a dark ritual
of some sort.Must be that Hutu power at work.BRANDKOMMANDO seems to have found a simple approach
that really works for them.Hope we get more of this in the future.

MINIMAL YET VERY EFFECTIVE.DARK SOUNDS TO DROWN IN.IF YOU'RE INTO
STUFF LIKE THE BIRDCAGE THEATER OR LIGATURE IMPRESSION THEN HEAD 
OVER TO PHAGE TAPES AND PICK THIS ONE UP:

8/10
-ABATTOIR-

PHAGETAPES@YAHOO.COM

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