Sunday, October 11, 2015

REVIEW - ACID ENEMA - MISANTHROPIC VISIONS E.P. - PRO CDR

ACID ENEMA - MISANTHROPIC VISIONS E.P. - PRO CDR
SELF RELEASED/DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION VIA: CANADIAN SEEDCORE RESISTANCE
BLACK METAL/SPEEDCORE/BLACK NOISE
COMES IN A JEWEL CASE WITH INSERT
ACID ENEMA IS:
ABHORRENT: 
VOCALS/PROGRAMMING
NOTHAN BLOODSTORM:
GUITAR/BASS


I.) HYMN FOR THE GODLESS:
A brief spoken word sample concerning wreckage and destruction from a celestial
source opens the album and then true destruction follows. Tremolo riffing with 
the perfect amounts of reverb blaze a trail as deep throbbing bass drums kick 
things into overdrive. The drums are programmed and have a Hard Techno quality 
to them but they behave like a machine built for Black Metal drumming. This is 
soon demonstrated in full swing as utterly punishing electro-blast beats pound 
you into a pulp at lightspeed.Sorta.Sorta like ANAL NATHRAKH meets AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED.Rough and raw vocals come filtered through crisp distortion. Similar to CREBAIN or 
TOMHET in style. We shift into a mid-paced groove for a little while which later
features hammering double bass hits that are added without changing the overall pace. 
Rapid-fire machine gun blasts and layered vocals soon assault us as blackened riffs 
are played with blistering intensity.This track comes with the force of a freight 
train and beats you down in ten different ways before it's over. The production is 
lo-fi, but not too dirty or muddy so all the instruments shine through. 90's Electro 
Industrial attitudes also shine through at moments with blasting drums similar to those 
of SKINNY PUPPY's "Fascist Jock Itch" or "Tin Omen." Horrid wails in the vein of LEVIATHAN 
or XASTHUR make their final appearance and then we are eviscerated once again.

II.) EVISCERATING GOD:
The heaviness of early MAYHEM meets the hard Industrial throbbing of PLASMA POOL. 
This one takes off at full speed and shreds the senses without mercy. ACID ENEMA 
have definitely not lost their touch over time. Ultra heavy techno beats throb and 
pound until things shift into full gear once again. The vocals sound like they are 
being spewed fourth from the scorched throat of an ancient dragon. Short segments 
slow things down as if recoiling before the next fearsome strike. "That old serpent"
they tell you about on Sunday mornings growing up may very well be Abhorrent. The riffs 
are sorta similar to Transylvanian Hunger era DARKTHRONE but this never comes across as 
an imitation of anything. ACID ENEMA have certainly blended their influences into their 
own sound and mixing in established traditions and well working formulas isn't a bad thing
anyways. Haunting atmospheres via eerie synths are present at the close of the track which 
perfectly bring the mood down to match the nihilistic subject matter of track three.

III.) TO LIVE MEANS NOTHING:
Samples in favor of cataclysmic events lead us into an oldschool Black Metal build up 
that once again brings the heavy hitters from the second wave to mind. Raw and uncompromising
in the tradition of "Nattens Madrigal" era ULVER with the melodic riffing of early GORGOROTH
or EMPEROR. Layered screams add a brutal dual vocal attack that annihilates in seconds before
going into off-beat galloping patterns and heavy snare whippings. ACID ENEMA stick to a simple
formula on this one. They come, they slay and walk away. It's really interesting to hear so
much oldschool Black Metal sound with super heavy Electro drumming.Kinda like if MUTIILATION were to record using PISS JUNKIES drum machine. However you want to put it...It works in
ACID ENEMA's case. Solid stuff.

IV.) HOLOCAUST REMIXED:
(Original version is titled "Holocaust Reborn" and appears on the Xasthur/Acid Enema split CD.)
This one begins like a stripped down version of the original found on the infamous "Xasthur/Acid
Enema" split cd. The original samples, clean guitars and doomy bass line are present. Ghostly
synth choirs are thrown in the mix like the forlorn spirits of holocaust victims themselves.
After the intro we are treated to a seriously sped up version of the original song. This version
is absolutely relentless. Fierce riffs and fiercer vocals over inhuman, face melting blasts. 
Short (At less than two minutes in total length) but very effective. Mass genocide condensed
into a bite sized morsel.

V.) HURT ME 2015:
(Original version appears on the "Hymns Of Hate" Vinyl E.P.)
Samples of begging, pleading, torment and woe at the hands of an unseen sadistic killer start
track five. The samples are filtered through delay/reverb and are presented against a Death
Industrial/Horror Ambient style background. Mechanical marching drums guide us into mid-tempo
riffing over a heavy stomp. Later things lock into more of a MINISTRY/KMFDM style groove that
fucking rips. Tortured screams are looped over fragmented beats and palm muted guitars to create
a slaughterhouse experience that MORTICIAN would be proud of. Definitely a badass little interlude
here. Gorehounds, Industrialists and Metal Heads alike can appreciate this one.

VI.) MISANTHROPIC VISIONS:
The title track builds on sinister guitar leads, Heavy and over-distorted Doom Metal riffs and
drums so hard they sound like they were played on an industrial sized, heavy duty dumpster. 
Militant and forceful stuff that shreds until all are dead. Dismal atmospherics are heard in
the background, making this one even more terrifying. The drums are thick as lead and hard as
nails. The vocals are sparse but deadly and the riffs and bass guitars are pure fucking doom
and death. Similar in style to much of MAYHEM's "Deathcrush" E.P. but with the ferocity of
early BEHERIT. An utterly bestial and mechanical onslaught that more than lives up to it's
title. This transcends simple misanthropy. This is pure hate.

VII.) BRO HYMN (PENNYWISE COVER):
I'll be honest...I've never been much of a Pennywise fan and doubt I ever will be. But this
cover is pretty damn good. Anthemic Hardcore Punk riffs and deep, grouchy vocals complete
with a gang vocal chorus and fist pumping rhythms. This may seem like an odd choice to end
the album off with...Especially after the last track...But it fucking works. An interlude
features the sounds of a crowd at a punk show and adds to the spirit of the track. Music
for good times and brews with your crew. The Hard Techno style drums really stand out on
this one but even that works out and makes it a unique version of the song. Any band that
can cover a band I don't much care for and make me like the song gets points in my book.
Well done guys.

AFTER BEING MOSTLY DORMANT FOR THE LAST THIRTEEN YEARS, 
ACID ENEMA MAKE A TRIUMPHANT RETURN. MISANTHROPIC VISIONS 
IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON CASSETTE VIA LEGS AKIMBO RECORDS UK 
IN AN EDITION OF 100 COPIES AND VINYL THROUGH CROWDFUNDING 
VIA QRATES CAMPAIGN IN AN EDITION OF 100 COPIES:

8/10
-ABATTOIR-

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