Tuesday, February 9, 2016

REVIEW - +DOG+ - THE MISERY OF ENDLESS SUFFERING - CD

+DOG+ - THE MISERY OF ENDLESS SUFFERING - CD
LOVE EARTH MUSIC/LEM162
POWER ELECTRONICS/HARSH NOISE/HARSH AMBIENT/DRONE
COMES IN A FOUR PANEL DIGI-PACK.
+DOG+ IS:
STEVE
BOBBY
LOB
GEORDAN
EDDIE
CHUCK
RON
JACK


I.) A VEIL OF PARANOIA:
What happens when eight dude's get together in a room full of noise gear?
+DOG+ happens! "Veil Of Paranoia" begins our journey through six tracks
of oppresive audio agony that each deliver upon the promise of the album's
title. Immediately after hitting play we are hit by thudding bass currents
and deep panoramic drones that aimlessly expand like a drifter searching
for a place to die. High end signals pulse as if attempting to send a
frantic distress signal and come in pin-prick patterns of electric
intensity. Sheets of groaning bass are wrapped around the piece like
a burial shroud as well as quiet static. Mechanical as well as dread-
ful. Jackhammer patterns chisel and grind at any comfort or sanity
you may have had going into this release. Fans of METHLAB EXPLOSION
and similar projects will particularly like this. A cacophony of
humming motors and rapid pistons. The bass is so thick and heavy
at times that it's absolutely smothering. Every tone and texture
sounds pre-meditated and is executed in excellence. It all comes
together brilliantly which is very impressive for a project with
so many contributing members. Immense and asphyxiating atmospheres
to drown and die in. Stange distorted sounds similar to a large
flag violently flapping in the wind and corrosive harsh distortion
finish this one off. Into the beyond we go.

II.) BEYOND BEYOND:
Plodding sounds and struggling textures shamble on in a miserable
trek. Despair channeled through dense distortion. Semi-harsh noise
cries out in the distance as multiple blaring, heavy walls of sound 
combine and annihilate. Noise that sounds like someone trying to
swallow a microphone ran through distortion is heard coming and
going as it pleases. Overblown sub-bass frequencies roar loudly,
yet obscurred and muffled under the higher tones. Again there is
a very mechanical and motorized rhythm section that operates as
the heart of this beast. Static walls are erected and built upon
as the track progresses. For a project with eight human beings
operating controls +DOG+ sounds much more machine than man. It's
almost as if the intruments are playing the people. Scraping
elements serve as oldschool Industrial style percussion's 
and give this a very "concrete" feel. Towards the end every-
thing has become harsh and uninhabitable. A danger zone full
of hazzards and obstacles that would rip you to shreds if given
the chance. Beware of +DOG+

III.) SILENCED:
"Silenced" is only about half as long as the previous tracks which
were both about eight and a half minutes in length...But, It is the
most aggressive and powerful piece yet. A demonstration in inhuman
might that begins with loud frequencies and high end signals that
sound like the gathered calls of an army of cicadas being weaponized
and pointed in your direction. Ringing feedback and scratchy/buzzing
noise that sounds like the countless wings of a swarm of flies comes
in an eruption of over stimulation. I wouldn't call this chaotic but 
it is certainly one of the heaviest electronic releases I've ever
heard...And that's saying something. Most of the heaviness comes
from the bottom end. Suffocating is the only word I can think of
to accurately describe it.

IV.) EXILE:
"Exile" picks up where "Silenced" left off and comes as a long
expanse of crunching static distortion and ultra heavy electronic
drone. Sounds seem to pan and shift as additional layers appear
and subside. It truly fits the song title as it sounds like you
have entered an inhospitable, barren land where nothing lives
other than lizards and creatures of carrion who've long ago
adapted to bone dry and hostile conditions. Power Electronics
style drones are laid on top of the others that came before.
These ones through perfect amounts of distortion. This is an
album that really flexes it's muscles. So far each track has
been a unique brute displaying it's strength at full force.
This track in particular really shoves you forward and offers
no chance of turning back or seeking shelter. Midway through
it becomes utterly crushing...Not in a way you'd get from
most Harsh Noise or HNW style releases, but more like if 
the heaviest Doom/Drone Metal band you can imagine decided 
to transfer their music into an electronic form.

V.) CLOAK OF HAPPINESS:
Next up, "Cloak Of Happiness" takes us into a little over six
and a half minutes of oblivion. For once the song title is
misleading...Well, At least it would be for most but for a
Noise addicted psychopath like myself, This is Heaven. Cyclic
electronics through some really weird, but awesome sounding
phaser effects come in loops that morph and revert to their
former forms. Oscillating drones and high-pitched chirping
patterns are also present in the mix. All combines into a
maddening attack of repetition. Extremely loud and corroded
distortion hits out of nowhere. Jarring and unexpected like
a brutal car wreck. To be honest it scared the shit out of
me and I almost jumped out of my fucking skin the first 
time I heard it. Harsh Noise jump scares are a thing now
apparently...This transitions into a long form display of
high end sound that borders on irritating but drops off
before it goes that far. Next we go into moody synth
drones that seem like they can't decide which direction
to take. Crisp rhythmic noise comes as spinning wheels
of static and oscillating spacey electronics beep in an
upward climb through the cosmos.

VI.) SUNRISE IN THE WEST:
This one starts off in Harsh Noise Wall territory. Pure 
and punishing. Soon the dynamics come in to piss off the
HNW purists and drag us through scraping, skin peeling
sounds over textures similar to a forest fire roaring
out of control. +DOG+'s music is like a gargantuan
steamroller leveling a major city. All out destruction
that would most likely confuse and terrify any outsider
to the genre if they were to accidently stumble upon it.
This stuff rivals all other artists in the field, both
in terms of composition/arrangement and aural intensity.
Not only does it sound like the sun is rising in the 
West...But it is also scorching everything unfortunate
enough to lay beneath it. A river of molten rock and
lava that flows like Hell fire bursting out of the dam
of the damned in a sloth paced mission of devouring.
Experimental/improv style elements are added as quaking
undercurrents rock the foundations of the senses. Things
end quieter...Like a view of the aftermath. Damage is on
display like a theater of wreckage. The amount of destruction
this album has wrought is staggering to say the least. Earth
shattering stuff from man's best friend.

UNCOMPROMISING AND CRUSHING. NO FAN OF HEAVY ELECTRONIC
MUSIC SHOULD GO WITHOUT THIS. DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND
LET THIS DESTROY YOU:

10/10
-ABATTOIR-

www.loveearthmusic.com

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