Tuesday, November 17, 2015

REVIEW - NIHILIST BUDDHA V.S. APERAPER - SPLIT - CASSETTE - C20

NIHILIST BUDDHA V.S. APERAPER - SPLIT - CASSETTE - C20
NOISE CO. 2-13
EXPERIMENTAL NOISE/CRUST PUNK/GRINDCORE/HARDCORE/LO-FI/
BREAKBEAT/SPEEDCORE/GLITCH/CYBERGRIND/ETC
COMES IN A YELLOW JEWEL CASE WITH J-CARD INSERT.
ON BLUE CASSETTE WITH PRINTED BAND LOGOS.


SIDE A.)
NIHILIST BUDDHA:

I.) PLAGUES OF ANTIQUITY:
Both bands here share similarities but for the most part are quite
different beasts. Each delivers around ten minutes of brutality and
fuckery for your listening terror. Side A opens with NIHILIST BUDDHA,
A one man project helmed by Matt Michuda who is the owner and operator
of the Noise Co. 2-13 record label as well as the artist behind the
Harsh Noise project CITIZEN 2-13. Here he offers up a single long
form track. Drunken samples are heard briefly before things kick
into an all out onslaught of lo-fi riffs and shredding. Painfully
screamed vocals come in a messy, frantic mass over equally beligerent
Cybergrind/Speedcore style machine drums.This actually seems to be 
several short tracks all under one title. With raunchy and comedic
samples in between some.This is similar to stuff like PISS JUNKIE
and GOODBYE CRUEL WORLD as well as possibly a much much rawer take
on the style of AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED. Around midway we hear bass
drum plodding that leads nowhere as if done just to throw you off
and leave you scratching your noggin. Spazzy drums and weird bass
grooves are present at times while clockwork toy-like drumming with
rabid riffs and foaming mouth vocals are heard later. All in all it's
an intense ten minute period of audio annihilation. A windswept noise
interlude is present to once again throw the listener into a total
mindfuck. Pulsing beats throb and retreat, Chimes fill the air like
broken, wind-up music boxes, and warped atmospheres appear and morph
into even stranger realms. The noise piece is probably the longest
track here. Cartoon samples come out of left field and abruptly close
the A side. This may be one that will take repeated listens to grow on
you...But it's an interesting experience either way.

SIDE B.)
APERAPER:

II.) THUNDER KNUCKLES / III.) HONKEY THUNDER /
IV.) DOUCHEY D / V.) RAPES FUCKING APES:
With APERAPER we find some basic similarities, E.G. Humorous samples, 
Grindcore/Hardcore style riffs and vocals, Shorter songs, Etc...But
APERAPER is much more on the traditional side of noted genres.The
production is much cleaner as well, giving these four tracks a more
straight forward feel overall. APERAPER is also a full band so it
comes across more like a group beatdown than the one man's madness
approach of NIHILIST BUDDHA. Being that both artists are presenting
two very different takes on the genres, this kind of reminds me of
the "Shit Split" from BLATZ and FILTH in a weird way. We open with 
"Thunder Knuckles." Heavy riffs and hard drums bring us a 90's
Hardcore groove. Throat shredding, raspy vocals are delivered
over excellently timed instrumentation. The band is locked in and
kicking ass. We shift from mid-tempo into slightly faster territory
for a while before interesting breaks hit and send us blazing a trail
to the finish line. Samples of stereotypical hillbillies open "Honkey
Thunger" and then we head into palm muted hardcore with a dual vocal
attack that has a Power Violence/90' Grindcore feel to it. The samples
return along with cowbells and other gimmicks that make this a fun listen.
"Douchey D" rides in on a killer bass line followed by Punk Rock power chords
and blistering vocals with a touch of delay/reverb. The drums are standard
and get the job done. Nothing too crazy but it works for the songs and that's
all that really matters. Slightly anthemic stuff that you can pump your fist
and stomp your boots too if you feel so inclined. "Rapes Fucking Apes" opens
with a pretty cool buildup that sorta reminds me of TOMBS until they step it
up a notch and we go into riffs and pounding breaks that have a bit of a Cross-
over Thrash vibe to em...Like early S.O.D. Group vocals are spit over increasing 
speeds until the end. A cool way to close the album for sure.

BOTH SIDES KILL. GET IT AND DECIDE WHO YOU ROOT FOR:

7/10
-ABATTOIR-

www.noiseco2-13.bandcamp.com

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

REVIEW - BLACK BLOCK - SNAPSHOTS FROM THE EMOTIONAL GUTTER - CASSETTE

BLACK BLOCK - SNAPSHOTS FROM THE EMOTIONAL GUTTER - CASSETTE
NOISE CO. 2-13
POWER ELECTRONICS/HARSH NOISE/HARSH AMBIENT/DRONE
COMES IN A "STATIC SHIELD" ZIP-BAG WITH FOLD OUT
XEROXED DIY ZINE STYLE INSERT WITH IN DEPTH LINER
NOTES. ON YELLOW CASSETTE WITH STICKER ON THE A
SIDE.


SIDE A.)
I.) HOSTAGE CRISIS:
BLACK BLOC has been doing top notch Power Electronics for around eight years now.
Politically charged P.E. with a clear message delivered through the bleeding heart
of righteous anger. Known for a blistering live performance and a dedication and
work ethic that is more machine than man. Sadly, "Snapshots From The Emotional
Gutter" will most likely be the last BLACK BLOC release but damn it's one Hell
of a way to go out. This is probably the best thing I've heard from the project
since the stellar "Strangulation Of Free Expression" album released through the
Smell The Stench label in 2007. Snapshots opens with "Hostage Crisis" where we
are lulled in by deep, resonating drones that blare like war horns. The atmosphere
is similar to the stillness before a catastrophic event. Or to be more cliche, The
calm before the storm. Spoken samples of low conversations are heard but hard to
decipher. Low rolling static comes in slow rushing patterns and scraping movement
begins as additional electronics begin to buzz and hum. The initial drones are 
layered with similar but higher pitched versions of themselves...Lead instrumentation
of sorts...And then the vocals kick in. Rough grunts. No distortion. No effects. Just
pure, raw fury. A passionate and fierce commentary on everything that is wrong in one
man's eyes. Emotional and brutally honest. They are delivered with a rage that you'd
expect to hear from a Grindcore or Power Violence band. Soon an avalanche of dense
low-end noise surges and floods all in it's wake. The sound is immense. The energy
is electrified and coursing like a river of angst and bitterness. Not the harshest
thing you will hear but definitly powerful and relentless. By no means an easy listen.
In fact BLACK BLOC is known for challenging content. I have a BLACK BLOC patch on my
vest and this tape is a good reminder of why I wear it. By the time we reach the half-
way point it's an all out slaughter in slow motion. If any project could inspire you
to stand up, speak out and fight for change...It's this one. After some time spoken
samples are once again employed, This time they showcase an older woman attempting
to file a complaint and get some help for a simple matter only to be met by machines
and excuses. No service. No help. No compassion. A true testament to the state of the
world we live in.

SIDE B.)
WHAT NONE EVER WISH TO SEE 
(LIVE AT AVANT FAIRFAX FESTIVAL AT CANDLEHOUSE, 2011):
Side B gives us a glimpse at BLACK BLOC's live show. Although nothing will compare to
seeing an act like this in person, We can at least hear the energy and dedication that
goes into a live performance. If this recording is anywhere near what we can expect to
experience in the flesh, then it is definitly worth the price at the door. I really wish
I could have caught this act when Don was still playing gigs. It's not often that you get
to witness a Crust Punk performing some of the best P.E. around in the 2000's. In fact this
is the only project I know of where this would have been a possibility. "What None Ever Wish
To See" is an excellent companion piece to track one as it's similar. Long-form and full of
pain and emotion. Between sides A and B this little cassette shows all of what BLACK BLOC is
best known for. A perfect memorial to a project that will be surely missed. Again we open 
with intense and immense drones that fill the room with the sense that something devestating
is on the horizon. Metallic scraping mimicks crashing cymbols adding a percussive element.
Harsh vocals are spewed forth in tones of scorn and contempt. Throat shredding, sick rasps 
that make it sound like Don will be coughing up blood soon after his set. Secondary drones
rise and expand like hazzardous clouds of toxic gas set loose upon an unprepared audience.
You can feel the tension weighing heavy on the air as clashing metallic loops build and
harsh patterns arise and gain momentum. The track has all the force of a hectic tug of
war in progress. One where neither side can afford to lose. The crowd is silent throughout
the performance. No chatter, no bullshit. They're either awe-struck, terrified or both.
Grinding harsh noise movements roll in and lay all to waste...Like a giant wreck on a
busy freeway. Aural devestation with a no quarter attitude. When you are in BLACK BLOC's
house...You know it. Towaards the end it's a cacophonous mess but at the same time precise
and controlled. Chaotic, yet organized. There is a reason for the onslaught and a goal in
mind. One that will be realized at all costs.

I CAN'T THINK OF A MORE FITTING WAY TO MEMORIALIZE SUCH A GREAT PROJECT. 
CONTRIBUTIONS OF MEANINGFUL SUBSTANCE WERE GIVEN TO THE P.E. SCENE VIA
BLACK BLOC. THIS IS A PROJECT THAT WILL BE REMEMBERED AND MISSED:

8/10
-ABATTOIR-

actualize.the.collapse@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/black.bloc.DSPE


Traumatic Static Webzine would like to extend the best of wishes to Don. Wherever the future takes you we hope you are happy and at peace. We thank you for all you've done over the years. Your music will be enjoyed for many years to come and never forgotten.
Happy Trails.

Monday, November 9, 2015

REVIEW - ACTUARY - NAILED TO THE EARTH - CASSETTE - C10

ACTUARY - NAILED TO THE EARTH - CASSETTE - C10
ENEMATA PRODUCTIONS
BLACK NOISE/DEATH AMBIENT/HORROR AMBIENT/DEATH INDUSTRIAL
COMES IN A JEWEL CASE WITH J-CARD INSERT. ON BLACK CASSETTE
WITH STICKER ON THE A SIDE.


SIDE A.)
I.) UNKNOWN CONSEQUENCE:
ACTUARY is a project that I've enjoyed for quite some time now. I have heard about
a dozen releases and have yet to be dissapointed. This is still true with "Nailed 
To The Earth." Although this is a short release at only ten minutes in total run
time, It is an excellent ten minute stay in pitch black territory. Side A showcases
"Unknown Consequence" where we certainly go into the unknown without caution and most
certainly face the "consequences." Dark and dreamy atmospheres with distant clattering
echoing drifts out of the speakers and pulls us with it. Synth drones rise and linger
along with reverb laden percussive elements. The track floats in a ghostly manner like
low fog wavering over ancient graves. Restless voices are heard murmuring within cyclic
distortion. Noisy signals and pulses crawl over the senses like insects blocking out all
light as they tear you apart and drag you down into the hollow depths of the cold, wet 
earth. By the time we reach the end of the track we have been devoured by a harsh cacophony.
A steady, yet heavy hand rests and works on the ENV and cutoff switches. Feedback and harsh
scraping junk abuse lacerate the flesh and wreck the mind until we are carried into the abyss
by phased drones and uneasy ambiance.

SIDE B.)
II.) NAILED TO THE EARTH:
On the B side we journey into the title track. In the brief five minutes of side A we've
already experienced mass amounts of disembowelment and despair. Let's see what ACTUARY 
has in store for our drained husks with "Nailed To The Earth." As we've already been
through expiration and interment it can't get any worse right?...Right?...Think I may
have spoke too soon...Malevolent atmospheres come like wretched apparitions with sinister
intentions. Moaning synths drone out and drop off into silence in repetition. Synth saws
slice fresh wounds in dead flesh. Power tools are utilized to bring all the warmth and 
cheer of a cold industrial abattoir. Blackened vocals spew filth and curses to make our
stay all the more pleasent as we are seperated limb from limb. The vocals are treated
with filters and effects that give them an inhuman/alien quality. It sounds like we
are going from abduction to vivisection to (Insert each and every horrible way to die
through dismemberment here.) Schitsofrentic electronic fuckery is heard along a backdrop
of noise that sounds like a trash compactor doing it's job without care that it's crushing
us to bits. Earthen crucifiction is a terrible way to go out. Be glad this is just music for
your entertainment...

ACTUARY PACK A SHIT TON OF ANNIHILATION INTO A MERE TEN MINUTES.
POTENT AND DEADLY. THIS IS A GREAT RELEASE. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED:

8.5/10
-ABATTOIR-

www.actuarysound.com
www.enemataprods.blogspot.com