Wednesday, March 16, 2016

REVIEW - SWALLOWING BILE/LONE WOLF INSURGENT - SPLIT - CASSETTE

SWALLOWING BILE/LONE WOLF INSURGENT - SPLIT - CASSETTE
VANGUARD PRODUCTIONS/VP56
POWER ELECTRONICS/HARSH NOISE
COMES IN A PLASTIC CASE WITH J-CARD
INSERT. ON DARK TRANSPARENT CASSETTE
WITH STICKER LABELS. LIMITED TO 14
COPIES.


SIDE A.) SWALLOWING BILE:

I.) A DECLARATION (VANGUARD MIX):
Here we have two quick strikes from SWALLOWING BILE
and LONE WOLF INSURGENT. Absolute audio war channeled
through an aggressive oldschool Power Electronics attack.
SWALLOWING BILE opens with "A Declaration" where we are tossed
face first into a brutal onslaught of merciless rage. A raw and 
relentless beat-down that begins with pure Harsh Noise that pours
out like the smoke of mass funeral pyres. The vocals are enraged
rasps wrapped in the perfect amount of distortion. The lyrics are
clear and easy to understand and come in a tone that sounds like
SLOGUN but a bit more blackened and spiteful. "How does it feel
to be a fucking target?" and "How does it feel to be in the hot
seat when your ass is about to fry?" Are just a couple examples
of the questions SWALLOWING BILE is asking his adversaries. Things
eventually shift into this strangely lo-fi, Yet blown out passage
where noise is more subdued and the vocals sound like they have
been weaved within the static. Afterwards we are right back where
we started with more overblown anger over smothering and claustrophobic 
soundscapes. Things fade into another segment made up of quiet rumbling
and loose experimentation. Silence followed by one last surprise strike
makes this an excellent offering.

SIDE B.) LONE WOLF INSURGENT:

II.) OUR HEARTS ARE STEELED:
On the other side of the battlefield, LONE WOLF INSURGENT follow
up with another raid against the senses. Here the listener is greeted
by spoken samples of a political speech or perhaps old war time radio 
broadcast that ushers in the coming of further aural atrocity. Low
electronic hums glide over distant rustling Industrial junk percussion's
and grinding sheets of harsh static. Vocals are laid over top and come in
bitter rasps through generous application of distortion and reverb...Although
the lyrics are often clear enough to comprehend. Spoken samples continue in the
background as additional layers of noise similar to that of rolling tank tires
and grinding gears are added to the mix in a clanking mass of squealing and 
screeching sonic violence. Slow and miserable like trudging through the trenches
on blistered feet trapped and swollen within worn and tattered combat boots. Musically
speaking this has a very lo-fi 1990's Power Electronics style and could appeal to fans
of THE GREY WOLVES, FINAL SOLUTION or possibly early GENOCIDE ORGAN. In no way reinventing the wheel but definitely carrying on the 90's tradition and keeping the fire burning.

THE ONLY DOWNSIDES TO THIS RELEASE ARE THAT
IT'S SHORT...OFFERING ONLY ONE TRACK PER ARTIST
(ALTHOUGH BOTH TRACKS ARE STELLAR) AND THAT IT'S
VERY LIMITED. HOPEFULLY A RE-ISSUE HAPPENS. THIS
COULD MAKE A GREAT 7 INCH RELEASE (HINT HINT):

8/10
-ABATTOIR-

www.vanguard-productions.com/ 

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