Wednesday, September 2, 2015

REVIEW - STREICHER - ANNIHILISM - CD (20TH ANNIVERSARY RE-ISSUE)

STREICHER - ANNIHILISM - CD (20TH ANNIVERSARY RE-ISSUE)
OLD CAPTAIN/OCCD10
POWER ELECTRONICS/HARSH NOISE
COMES IN A FOUR PANEL DIGI-PACK
ORIGINALLY RELEASED BY ZERO CABAL
IN 1995
STREICHER IS:
ULEX XANE:
NOISE/ANALOG SYNTHS/VOCALS




I.) NIHILIST ASSFUCKS MANIFESTO:
If the album art, title, song titles and dedication on the back of the disc
(Dedicated to nothing, nobody. fuck you. scum. die.) Are any indication of
what to expect here, then I'd say we're in for a rough ride.Taking into 
consideration the genre and time period of this release...It's pretty much
a guarantee.The first track opens with a spoken sample of a woman reciting
a poem concerning noise and destruction delivered through a nihilistic viewpoint.
An introduction to the bleak, annihilating soundscapes ahead.The only accompanying
sound to be heard is the quiet static created from whatever means this was recorded
by until soft layers of additional noise are heard hovering in the distance like a
soothing mist.Luring and lulling you into your own self slaughter.

II.) HOLOCAUST, HARVEST:
track two begins with a brief spoken sample that introduces the coming of Sheets of 
static noise which sound as if they are being blown by violent winds until they forcefully 
wrap themselves around you.A short piece at little over a minute that seems to serve as an
additional introduction to the coming storms.

III.) RECTIFY OR CEASE:
Track three is where it really begins.Dense walls of static and distorted movements of
noise grind out and form a powerful vacuum of pure aggressive sound.Feedback stirs and
wails like the cries of countless souls dying in agony.Crumbling bass tones wash over
you like a river of decay bursting fourth as the dam breaks.Powerful bass blasts are
heard beneath it all like gusts of steam bursting fourth from the earth itself.This
track rolls along with the force of a panzer tank on it's way to cause some heavy
damage.A war wagon approaching the battlefield.The overall tone is hostile and
confrontational even without the addition of vocals.Instrumental weaponry as a
means of sonic warfare.This one rages on for a little over six minutes, building
and gaining force as it persists.Heavy winds blow like an omen of death to come
until we finally end in silence.

IV.) MUTILATION VICTIM:
One simple phrase is grunted over samples of a woman moaning in the throes of
orgasm and ecstasy.That phrase being "Fuck authority,Fuck the law,This is 
fucking Streicher, So fuck you!" Nuff said. A pure and primal intro that takes
us into white static over the sounds of explosions on the war front.Mortars
crack the skies and rockets burst in cascading flames.Gusts of dense noise
roar as feedback forms whining rhythms in the smoke filled sky above the
killing field.Massive detonations quake and rumble and rifles fire off.
Nearly eight minutes of total fucking destruction.Not the harshest thing
by any means but it most certainly showcases the grim realities of war
and combat.The distant, squealing patterns created by what sounds like
feedback are a nice touch and have a mechanical and thoughtless quality
to them.Like a reflection of soldiers on the battlefield.Trained to carry
out there purpose like hive minded sentinels.The track closes with barrages
of gunfire and the sadistic laughter of Ulex Xane as he voices his opinion
on your war time suffering.

V.) DECOMPOSED WHORE:
Samples of a female describing being "attacked by noise" bring us into over
six minutes that display her "attacker." Deep drones pulse and rise like the
festering waters of a bubbling swamp until they rise from the murky depths
and take on the form of a distorted and horrific entity.The type of stuff
that grinds it's way into your eardrums until you can almost feel it in
your teeth.The distortion does it's job and turns everything into a mechanical
mass of sound.Deconstructed industrial noise in all it's glory.Similarities can
be drawn to other legends and pioneers who were very active in the scene alongside
STREICHER like THE GREY WOLVES and GENOCIDE ORGAN.
Raw soundscapes that eat away at the listeners senses much like the insects
and organisms that slowly devour a body as it rots.

VI.) NOTHING HAS ANY MEANING:
Another short interlude at just over a minute in length, But by far one of the
harshest tracks on the album.A loud assault of pure noise that drops off into
a screamed mantra stating that "Nothing has any meaning." The vocals gather in
layers to get the point across.The overall sound is very similar to WHITEHOUSE.

VII.) NULLIFY/OBIT:
World War Two era orchestral passages serve as a backing track as a spoken speech
is recited by Ulex Xane.You can think of this one as a "Nihilist Manifesto." 
Brutally honest and totally pessimistic.What many would call an unapologetic 
asshole sharing his bleak world view.In other words, the very spirit of Power
Electronics at it's core.

VIII.) DESTROY YOU MOTHER FUCKERS:
Harsh and disorienting high end noise rings out with the force of a drill to
the skull.Feedback and whipping lashes of distortion tear things apart as
muffled war drums pound out in primal fury.Like the title suggests, Pure
sonic destruction.Once again I am reminded of the early days of Power
Electronics.In your face walls of rage with no compromise.Every fan of
classic P.E. should be familiar with STREICHER, and if you're not, This
album is a great place to start, Especially since it is finally widely
available once again.Distorted vocals growl out commands like a power mad
tyrant enforcing his policy of worldwide genocide until the track closes
with quieter tones within cold gusts of wind.The winds of war.

IX.) BLOOD BANNER SS:
Another short track.Once again World War Two era samples are used.This
time they are a distorted anthem meant to inspire and celebrate victory.
I am reminded of the early work of Boyd Rice with NON on this one.Warped
noise and warped samples in a display of early experimentation.

X.) NICHT SCHULDIG (NOT GUILTY):
Lo-fi samples bring us into hazy sounds of what appears to be the manipulated
audio of a war propaganda cartoon.Piercing feedback over low rumbling tides of
dense noise serve as a soapbox for Ulex Xane as he pleads the innocence of the 
man who'm the project is named after.Again there are traces of influence from 
WHITEHOUSE and even ideas that were later reflected in the works of artists like
 ATRAX MORGUE present here.The feedback is high pitched
and maddening on this one.Lucky for you it's not the longest track on the
album but it's not the shortest either.The vocals have an almost sinister
quality to them.Emotionless and enraged all at once, Like a snarling animal
patiently waiting to escape as it tries to hold back the aggression in it's
voice to fool whoever is holding it captive.

XI.) I DON'T GIVE A FUCK:
My personal favorite track on the album.Low noise rumbles like armored
vehicles as they make their departure to whatever mission or operation
awaits beyond the guarded walls of base camp.A repeating mantra of "I
don't give a fuck" is recited in hostile grunts as schizophrenic sonic
experimentation fills the air with wild tones and textures.A warped and
uneasy noise track that hammers it's point into your head until you find
yourself repeating it in your mind long after listening.Sampled female
shouts appear and vanish as the point is hammered home a few last times.

XII.) PARADE FASCISTI:
Bombastic war drums boom and thunder in this final outro piece.They persist
until they slowly fade out to silence.Inspirational in a way.The second half
of the track consists of massively distorted screams of "Fuck you!" to end
it all on a misanthropic and violent note.Furious noise for furious people.

IF YOU ARE NEW TO STREICHER, I CAN'T THINK OF A BETTER PLACE TO
START THAN RIGHT HERE.THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN AROUND FOR OVER TWO
DECADES AND IS SOME OF THE RAWEST MILITANT NOISE THE UNDERGROUND
HAS TO OFFER.ULEX XANE HAS ALSO WORKED WITH DEATH PACT INTERNATIONAL
(AUSTRALIAN UNITS) RECOMMENDED FOR FANS OF THE GREY WOLVES, GENOCIDE
ORGAN, CON-DOM, WHITEHOUSE, AISCHROLATREIA, ALFARMANIA, WERTHAM, ETC:

7/10
-ABATTOIR-

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