Tuesday, February 2, 2016

REVIEW - BODY SHAME - SELF TITLED - CASSETTE

BODY SHAME - SELF TITLED - CASSETTE
SADODAMASCUS RECORDS/SDM-024
EXPERIMENTAL/INDUSTRIAL/NOISE/GLITCH
COMES IN A PLASTIC CASE WITH FOLD OUT
J-CARD INSERT. ON READ CASSETTE WITH 
PRINTED TEXT. LIMITED TO 50 COPIES.


I.) WIFEMOTHER / II.) MOLARS (PLIERS) / 
III.) HUMILIATE YOURSELF IN PUBLIC / 
IV.) THROUGH A DUSTY MIRROR / 
V.) TAKING A STAND AGAINST HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS /
VI.) IDEALIST / VII.) KILL YOURSELF TWICE /
VIII.) WE WILL OWN YOU FUCKING PEASANTS /
IX.) I WANNA DIET (METH LIFE) / X.) GATOS Y DROGAS:

SIDE A:
This is an interesting project. Something along the lines 
of what you'd expect to hear from Out Of Body Records.
Glitchy Break-Beat meets Electro Industrial and Experimental
Noise music. BODY SHAME released this cassette for record store
day a while back and if you are lucky enough to get one of the
50 copies put out, then you are in for quite an experience. From
the first few moments of glitchy synth noise to the following 
cacophony of warped neo-classical strings and spastic speedcore
drumming, It is aparrent that this is going to be interesting to
say the least. Hats and Snares dance like twitching epileptics at
some fucked up rave in the lowest pits of Hell. Free form Jazz style
weirdness and strange time signatures fill the air in a chaotic mass
of aural insanity. Widescreen drones expand and flow with cinematic
intensity. Adding a sense of growing suspense and hinting towards an
otherworldly climax of events we couldn't possibly imagine. Mid-paced
tribal rhythms begin as ominous synths and organs grind out a 1970's 
Horror Soundtrack style dirge. Think ZOMBI or TANGERINE DREAM meets
NURSE WITH WOUND. Elements of Noise, Krautrock, Psyche and Electronic
experimentation similar to the early Industrial artists combine in a
murky, swampy passage until track three arrives and devestates all
traces of sanity and comprehension. Break-Core filled with sped up
voices, Pulsating lazer beams and Post-Apocalyptic radio transmissions
fill the air in a cloud of madness until things slow down into what sounds
like cut-up Electro Industrial and robotic vocalizations. This is followed
by strange electronic chamber music that quickly becomes a tangled mess of
sound. Prog Rock meets Cybergrind? This is some weird, but very cool stuff
here. 80's style retro synths create an exhilarating Cyber Punk vibe complete
with hard tom drums and siren-like streams of sound. Perfect music for a deadly,
high speed police chase for future cops neath a radioactive Miami sunset in the 
year 20XX. Somehow anxious, frightening and relaxing all at once. A doom paced
segment follows. Horror synth and eerie noise elements mix to create a disorienting
blur of terror and mayhem. The overall 80's sci-fi vibe is still present and makes
for a really great way to end the piece. The following track builds on slow drums
and screaming noise. Filters are fucked with at just the right time to keep things
flowing forward. It sounds like a technological nightmare come alive. Live-wire
noise and space ambiance drifting together over heavy, thudding percussions.
Chaotic tempos fill the background as drums pound out aimlessly. Electronic
Acid Rock after dropping some powerful tabs. Intense stuff to say the least.

SIDE B:
If you managed to pick up the pieces of your sanity and make it to the B side,
Then you are in for yet another trip begining with pulsating space noise and
cosmic frequencies over rumbling drones that are cut short before they can
expand too far. 90's style Industrial percussion's are utilized and employed.
Although this is calmer than much of the A side, It's still pretty busy overall.
Chimes are stretched into brilliant, radiating ambiance. Sirens pulse and soar.
Calm and Surreal synths clash against clashing cymbols and glitch beats that
pick up and drop into slow motion plodding. High end noise rises but never
becomes too harsh. Similar to the types of sounds they used to use in 70's
Sci-Fi films. Especially the B movies of the time. Thick bass rises and 
plummits into nothingness in looped repitition. Clicking drums create
clattering atmospheres and things stay pretty interesting throughout.
The next piece features oddly timed snare hits and drum and bass rhythms
over hazy ambient textures and ascending high-end tones. Improv style
experimentation fills the background as the drums go into a disjointed
fast paced section. Electro Punk and surreal analog sci-fi noise in a
strange mix that somehow manages to work. It sorta sounds like BODY
SHAME took early CABARET VOLTAIRE, THROBBING GRISTLE and HAWKWIND records
and tossed em in a blender then added his own spastic drumming to the mix.
The next track is a pretty cool Space Rock/Groove/Jam piece that gets the
toes tapping and the blood flowing. Strange inhuman vocals come in weird
rasps and make this sound like some underground Noise Rock band from an
alien planet. My personal favorite on the release. The drum and bass elements
are excellent and keep things moving forward at a great pace. Next we go into
another murky dirge with strong synths and slow powerful drums. Electric Doom
to accompany a funeral in the ocean of stars. The synths and general composition
of this one kind of reminds me of some of the SUNN O)))+BORIS collab record. 
There is a ceremonial/celebratory type of vibe at first and then we go into
these weird chants and growling vocalizations which eventually turn into another
improv jazz style part that is somehwere between SUN RA, AETHENOR, MOON DOG, and
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE until it turns into what seems like a climatic finish to ends 
the track on an epic note until those odd growls and grunts return at the end. The
next one slowly builds on seasick drones that come in waves over tribal percussion's
and fluttering tremolo textures. Raspy blackened screams come out of nowhere and
suddenly I am reminded of a spacier and more overpowering version of GHENGIS TRON.
Blips and pulses echo and cascade like streaming comets and shooting stars as the
nauseating drones persist and then we go face first into another dazzling psyche
jam. This tape kicks your ass and doesn't let up. Just when you think it's over
it picks up again and slams you into another strange world. It's like the audio
equivalent of the old Heavy Metal magazines. Really awesome stuff.

GET A COPY AND GET LOST IN IT:
8/10
-ABATTOIR-

www.sdmpdx.com

No comments:

Post a Comment