Saturday, June 27, 2015

REVIEW-THE VOMIT ARSONIST-ONLY RED-CD

THE VOMIT ARSONIST-ONLY RED-CD
MALIGNANT RECORDS-TUMORCD77
DEATH INDUSTRIAL/POWER ELECTRONICS/HARSH AMBIENT
COMES IN A SIX PANEL DIGI-PACK WITH AN EXCERPT
FROM "THE CONSPIRACY AGAINST THE HUMAN RACE"
BY: THOMAS LIGOTTI
THE VOMIT ARSONIST IS:
ANDREW GRANT



I.) CHOICE / II.) ONLY RED / III.) NOTHING MATTERS (Lyrics taken from the Hank Williams 
song "It Just Don't Matter Now") / IV.) IT JUST IS / V.) I'M NOT FINE /
VI.) NO ONE CAN HELP YOU / VII.) UNWELCOME PEACE / VIII.) GW (REDUX) (A Remix of the 
track "Go Without" remixed by: Kristoffer Oustad):

Ok so this album seems to pick up where we left off with "An Ocassion For Death" 
a couple years ago, Only this time it's all aggro. It seems like Andrew Grant has
spent those last couple of years baking in his own anger and aggression with "Only
Red" being his only release. This album is extremely heavy and dark as all Hell,
And when I say dark I mean a true darkness...Not some thin sounding, pre-pubescent
Post Black Metal bullshit, But rather, Dark in the way that the human is flawed,
bitter and full of hatred.Truly Misanthropic music.The level of unease invoked by
listening to this record is unreal.I didn't think that anyone would top the debut
album from UNITED FRONT, "By All Means" (Which Andrew Grant contributed vocals to.)
In terms of grim and gritty terror in a real and logical sense...But Andrew Grant
has at the very least created a record that is right along with it if not even more
terrifying.I always love it when an artist can transport the listener into another
world...But here that world is a bleak and barren apocalyptic landscape paved in 
dry blood and crusted bile.A place where entering will stir something within you 
that would've been better off in an eternal slumber.It begins with "Choice" where
we are greeted by a slow rising ambiance like smoke swirling around the sounds of
industrial wreckage.Creaking metals and gaseous waves of dense sub-bass that pushes
air out of your speakers like an A.C. on full blast.Stomping percussions come in a
hard, mid-tempo death rattle as the ambiance grows and shouted, processed vocals
lash out like knives jabbing at your face.The density is intense and overwhelming
unlike anything I have ever experienced.So deep and heavy that it rattles your skull.
Everything seems to grow louder as the track continues until it feels like a vice grip
clamping around your head with immense force and pressure.The title track "Only Red"
is simple.Total aggression that boils and oozes like a toxic chemical.It begins in a
similar manner as the previous track but a little more chaotic and wreckless as metal
is carelessly slammed across metal and deep, dark ambiance rolls out and slowly recoils
like a restless serpent.High end ringing rises out of the haze, quickly followed by
corroded industrial rhythms that sound like falling boulders chipping away at the
landscape as they roll to crush all in their path.The lyrics are violent, enraged
and delivered as such.Hostile rasps forced through a throat filled with debris and
gravel.Slow and calculated like a pre-meditated murder.The soundtrack to a bloodsoaked
night of revenge.Once again the intensity is mind numbing as is pretty much the case
throughout the entire record."Nothing Matters" which is a very loose Hank Williams
cover oddly enough begins with quaking bass drones and hissing breaths that sound
like negative forces gathering and manifesting as a living entity.What sounds like
the rattling of thick power lines in the wind is heard right before a barrage of
ultra dense bass drums in an absolutely crushing mid-tempo assault.Screams seem
to come from all directions and swarm around your head in a furious frenzy.There
are quite a lot of layers in the mix but they all blend into a solid slab like
cement bricks stacked upon your chest.In other words, this will smother you.
"It Just Is" sweeps in on hazzardous winds filled with inhuman voices.Distorted
noise like the crackling of fire fills in the empty spaces.What sounds like the
panic of swine in a slaughterhouse adds an eerie atmosphere and then those drums
kick in again.Loud and harsh like iron doors being slammed in a slow, foreboding
rhythm.Secondary rhythms create an almost tribal vibe.The most primal state of man 
stripped bare and exposed like the violence of a crucifixion in the downtown area 
of a modern city.Disgusted and fed-up vocals tell it like it is without holding back 
until the echoes of their message are all that remains."I'm Not Fine" arrives on some
of the deepest drones I have ever heard, accompanied by harsh distorted patterns and
then BOOM! Drums like giant hammers on a rampage across the countryside roll in like
thunder.The vocals come quick and lash out over ringing feedback in timed succession.
Longer screams hang over like a black hand of death over a small town, Ready to come
in and suffocate the life out of every resident.Phasers and other filters are applied
to the vocals and give them an effect like a swarm of insects come to collect in a
carrion banquet.A final scream stretches out and then all fades into debris and dust.
"No One Can Help You" is a tidal mass that floods out over grinding machines and
rumbling bass quakes.Distortion dances on the horizon and loud, muffled screams
come in deep tones like the voices of monolithic monsters stirring from the depths 
of the ocean.This is the most dense track by far and that is quite an accomplishment.
Shrieking winds cry like banshees as anxious electronic patterns float like glowing
insects.Shrill feedback and electric pulses fill the air as everything builds like
a volcano preparing to rain down in a glorious display of molten hell fire."Unwelcome
Peace" opens with traditional Death Industrial style ambiance and bellowing synths
that sound like downtuned horns signaling war.Clean ambiance radiates like dim light
through a thick covering of trees as shifting sounds and reversed winds surround.
Weird wet sounds and clanging pipes create the atmosphere with all the comfort of
a Saw or Hostel movie.Pure cold Death Industrial at it's finest."GW (Rdx)" is a
remix of the title track from THE VOMIT ARSONIST's album Go Without.Re-constructed
by Kristoffer Oustad who is mostly known for his contributions with KRISTOFFER
NYSTROMS ORKESTER, but after the release of his debut album "Filth Haven" on 
Malignant records has been recieving a lot of praise for his solo works as well.
Here he strips this track bare and rebuilds it into a total disaster.Everything
is amped up and in your face.The vocals are pure fury over a charred soundscape
of ash and decay.Kristoffer Oustad's addition of soaring synth frequencies create
even more intensity then I would have thought possible.A perfectly brutal way to
close the record and a demonstration of Oustad skills.This is a man that not only
understands this music, but also knows what he's doing.By the time this album finishes
you will be wrecked.

IN TERMS OF BRUTALITY...A NEW BAR HAS BEEN RAISED:

9/10
-ABATTOIR-

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