Tuesday, March 1, 2016

REVIEW - GORGONIZED DORKS/ASHTRAY - POST-DRUNK PUMP - SPLIT - CASSETTE

GORGONIZED DORKS/ASHTRAY - POST-DRUNK PUMP - SPLIT - CASSETTE
TRASHFUCK RECORDS/TFRx03
NOISE ROCK/NOISE PUNK/GARAGE ROCK/HARSH NOISE
COMES IN A PLASTIC CASE WITH FOLD OUT J-CARD
INSERT. ON BLACK CASSETTE WITH STICKERS.


SIDE A.) GORGONIZED DORKS:

I.) THE SAINTS WON'T COME TONIGHT / II.) RIGHTWING TURNED REICHWING /
III.) WHY IS IT / IV.) UNTITLED:
GORGONIZED DORKS are a band that switch up their sound from time to
time. With some releases we hear them as a Noisecore/Grindcore act
while others are just Noise in general. They are also known for 
having slight variations of their moniker on their releases. These
guys have a ton of releases under their belt (Well over 100, Mostly 
being splits) so it's hard to say what you are going to get with them 
at any given time. On this particular split release with the equally 
obscure project ASHTRAY, G-DORKS are in a lo-fi Post-Punk/Goth-Rock/
Garage-Rock mode. "The Saints Won't Come Tonight" kicks things off 
by taking us into Surf-Rock style drumming and hazy riffs and bass
that have a gloomy vibe to them. The vocals come as a nasaly sort 
of lazily sung type of style and lay in the middle of the mix. Kind
of like BURNING IMAGE with a bit of a snottier Punk-Rock attitude.
The drums are way upfront in the mix followed by bass and then the
guitars being the quietest. Basically this has a very Demo/Rehearsal
type of sound. The first track is pretty basic and straight forward.
It's rough but I dig it. It sounds like an old worn out relic from
the 90's Goth scene. Something you'd read about in an old xeroxed
zine. "Rightwing Turned Reichwing" cranks up the Punk attitude as
well as the tempo. The vocals are a little louder and come through
a tunnel of light distortion. The bass riffs are particularly cool
here and have an oldschool Deathrock groove while the guitars follow
along under a uniform kick/snare stomp. The singer has this bratty/cocky
overtone that makes this a fun listen. "Why Is It" sounds more buried
and muffled overall. The drums are still upfront but everything else
sounds like it's coming from a room away. The vocals are harsher and
come as barked rasps but the Goth-Rock sound is still intact. Kind of
like a rawer and more primal version of CAPE OF BATS. A pretty dismal
track with some double bass drums and other neat little additions. It
eventually goes into feedback and agonized vocalizations that eventually 
fade into tribal percussion's, Droning guitars/Guitar experimentation
and whispered vocals to bump up the spook factor. This slowly builds 
into an almost Black Metal segment that lingers for a while and becomes
a gloomy funeral march to end the track. "Untitled" is pure noise chaos.
Pick slides, Manic drums, Groaning bass fuckery and deranged vocalizations.
A big sloppy mess that sounds absolutely miserable recorded with the same 
poor production as the rest of the cassette. Here that is an advantage as
it adds to the underground/anti-music/anti-art vibe of the release. Extra
noise elements such as vocal effects and pulsing signals and frequencies 
are utilized from time to time. Fragments of traditional song structures
come and go. Total madness. A big fuck you to the mainstream industry.

SIDE B.) ASHTRAY:

V.) LIVE IN DETROIT 1-19-15 / VI.) UNTITLED II:
On the flip side we have more weirdness from ASHTRAY. "Live In Detroit"
offers up a full set of whatever the fuck you wanna call this. ASHTRAY
play a raunchy/loud/Belligerent and generally fucked up bastardization 
of Outlaw Country music. Total outsider/Weirdo shit. Feedback, Blown out 
bass and drunken ranting is heard as a crowd screams back at the vocalist 
from time to time. Most of the "songs" here are drunken sore-throat shouts 
over a mass of bass and obscured guitars over very muffled drums. It kind 
of sounds like it could be a really rough demo from the band DAUGHTER's early 
days. Crazed screams about a dog running away come in manic repetition. It's 
kinda hard to tell what the fuck is going on at times but it's pretty damn 
entertaining regardless. The vocals are pretty obviously done in a poorly 
mocked/mimicked southern accent. Rants/speeches are heard in between jams 
and they're pretty damn funny to listen to. Basically it sounds like the 
band is feeding the audience complete bullshit stories while their instruments 
buzz and hum loudly. A song about the "Children of the future" is played to an 
excited (Or very intoxicated) crowd. This band is a total joke. That's not an 
insult, It's a description. These dudes do this as a joke and I am sure it'd 
be fucking hilarious to see live. Noise artists destroying hicks through humor. 
I would love to see ASHTRAY go on stage at a Country/Western dive bar. Boot 
scoot to this bitches. Shrill feedback and intense noise takes over as these 
dudes show their true colors. Next up "Untitled II" comes as a blaring wall 
of dense Harsh Noise. Not quite HNW but pretty close in a way. There is a lot 
of shit going on in the midst of the madness...So much that it becomes a blurred
haze. Pure pedal abuse and overly generous amounts of distortion. Rising waves of 
grinding destruction and semi-melodic feedback are heard in the writhing mass of 
sound until it reaches it's peak and ends as something is carelessly thrown across
the room.

A WEIRD, CRAZY ASS MIX THAT SOMEHOW WORKS TOGETHER
FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE:

6.5/10
-ABATTOIR-

trashfuckrecords.bandcamp.com

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