HEDORAH/MARLEE MATLIN - SPLIT CASSETTE
HAIR ON MY FOOD/HOMF010
BLACKENED NOISE/DOOM METAL/NOISECORE/HARDCORE PUNK/POWER VIOLENCE/NOISE GRIND
COMES IN A PLASTIC CASE WITH FOLD OUT J-CARD INSERT.
ON TRANSPARENT RED CASSETTE WITH STICKER LABELS.
LIMITED TO 100 HAND-NUMBERED COPIES.
INCLUDES LYRICS TO THE MARLEE MATLIN SIDE.
DAN HALL - GUITARS/DRUM PROGRAMMING/VOCALS
JAMES P. KEELER (WILT) - VOCALS/PEDALS/SYNTH
MARLEE MATLIN IS:
SIDE A.) HEDORAH:
I.) THE PAIN OF LIFE (PARTS I AND II):
First up is HEDORAH who take their name from the semi-obscure Japanese Kaiju
film creature of the same name. (Giant monster movies, I.E. Godzilla/Gammera/Etc.)
It's a fitting title as they sound like a slow moving, Monolithic monstrosity. Here
HEDORAH play a hybrid mixture of Doom and Black Metal with elements of Noise music
carefully and craft-fully applied to the mix. "Pain Of Life (Part I)" starts out with
hazy, Windblown atmospheres that lead us into mid-paced Doom Metal featuring heavy
distorted bass riffs and distorted Blackened rasps. Despondent and dismal stuff
that slowly marches forward in a miserable trek into depressive darkness. Lo-fi
and very "Underground" sounding...In other words it's absolutely grim. Part one
locks into this state and dwells there throughout it's duration. Part two opens
with strange chants and otherworldly ambiance. Clean guitars are layered over
experimental noise textures. Swirling atmospheres spin in the distance like
buzzing mosquitoes on a humid summer night. Feedback and harsh electric jabs
that sound like guitar chords being forcefully shoved into a broken input
are heard as the strange atmospheres grow thicker and louder. It sounds like
the soundtrack to a long lost episode of The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits
or some more obscure cult classic Horror or monster film. In fact I could see
this working along with one of the more Sci-Fi based Kaiju films of the 1970's.
Droning riffs shake the foundations as a mid-paced drum machine plods on under
heavily reverb/delay treated vocals. Electronic drones and scorched guitar riffs
add to the miasma of gloom until all comes as a slow-motion fog concealing absolute
terror within it's form. Early Industrial style rhythms grind in rough loops somewhere
in the distance adding yet another cool element to the piece. Wailing lead guitars cry
as thunderous booms quake the skies. HEDORAH has come to wreak havoc and create wreckage.
This is a band I've wanted to check out for some time now and I am glad I finally got the
chance to do so. They did not disappoint.
SIDE B.) MARLEE MATLIN:
II.) TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER/ III.) THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING /
IV.) THUGPORN/ V.) MY FIRST WET DREAM WAS ABOUT NOT WELLES' FOOT
BREAKING UP / VI.) AQUAMAN / VII.) THE TWO TOWERS / VIII.) TURTLES
IN TIME (SNES PORT) IX.) CHELSEY 15 / X.) YOU GOT DRUNK LAST WEEKEND?
THAT'S COOL / XI.) THE RETURN OF THE KING / XII.) THE WEST WING:
On the other end we have a bizarre trio called MARLEE MATLIN who are named
after the deaf American actress known for her roles in films such as "Children
of a Lesser God, Hear No Evil, Excision and a whole lot of other crap I'll never
watch. Where HEDORAH was more focused and subdued, MARLEE MATLIN are on the total
opposite end of the spectrum, Playing a messy/semi-sloppy mix that blends elements
of Hardcore Punk, Grindcore, Noisecore, Power Violence and all kinds of shit. The
eleven songs that make up their contribution are a rushed chaotic blur. Some only
being a few seconds long like the track themed around The Lord Of The Rings film
series. Those specific tracks are quick outbursts. Witty one liners that sum up
the films in a comedic outbursts like some of the old tracks S.O.D. used to do.
"Tombstone Piledriver" opens the B side with humorous/raunchy movie samples that
feature Danny Devito and some chick screaming and then we go into a mid-paced stomp.
Quick snare hits bring us into lo-fi Punk Rock chaos. Agressive to an extent and very
energetic stuff. "The Fellowship" builds on a bell/synth intro with a 1980's fantasy/
epic feel and is over in a blink of an eye. "Thugporn" has some gangsta sounding mother
fucking reading a letter about his girl fucking someone else (I think?) and goes into
a quick few moments of snotty/obnoxious Punk fury. "My First Wet Dream" follows in
similar fashion. Raw, Garage band/Jam Session style stuff. We stay in this style
until "Aquaman" begins with samples of a skit from Family Guy making fun of Aquaman's
abilities as a Super-Hero. The drums are a bit louder on this one it seems and all in
all this track feels a little more focused. Blast beats, Frantic riffs and Throat-Shredding
Hardcore style vocals defend Aquaman's status as the King of the sea until a continuation
of the before samples takes us into the less than ten second bit of audio whiplash that
is "The Two Towers." "Turtles In Time" opens with old Nintendo game soundtrack from one
of the TMNT games and goes into power chords and a straight forward groove. "Chelsey 15"
takes us back to a faster pace and a more Power Violence vibe for a short few seconds
and "You Got Drunk Last Weekened" is pretty similar. "The Return Of The King" finishes
the 5 second trilogy and "The West Wing" opens with what I guess are samples from the
West Wing TV show. Here we have basic riff/rock over solid drumming. Overall MARLEE
MATLIN sounds like a few kids having fun and jamming out and that is good enough for
me. Youthful and messy but with enough skill/composition to make it a good listen.
HEDORAH SIDE IS KILLER/MARLEE MATLIN BRING IT BACK DOWN TO EARTH FOR SOME
LIGHT-HEARTED GOOD TIMES. NOT A BAD TAPE: