Saturday, April 9, 2016

REVIEW - WIRES AND RELAYS - SELF TITLED - CD

WIRES AND RELAYS - UNTITLED - CD
BREACHING STATIC/BS71
HARSH NOISE/CUT-UP/EXPERIMENTAL NOISE
PRO-PRESSED CDR COMES IN A JEWEL CASE 
WITH INSERT.


I.) UNTITLED:
I really don't know any additional information
about this artist. This is a rather obscure album
that features a single long-form track that spans
the entirety of the disc. What WIRES AND RELAYS
presents however manages to speak for itself. Here
we have a prime example of the "Cut-Up" sound that
has been popping up more in more in the Harsh Noise
underground circles in the last few years. With so
many labels and artists jumping on this bandwagon lately
it's begun to fall into similar issues that we find with
Harsh Noise Wall. E.G. Countless projects releasing large
quantities of work and saturating the underground. Luckily
WIRES AND RELAYS are on a higher pedal stool of the food 
chain and offer up a quality release that is a perfect record to
use towards initiating newcomers into this specific style
of Harsh Noise. The music successfully mirrors the cover
image which features a treacherous grey scale landscape 
composed of warped and glitched out line work. The track
opens with severely disjointed ruptures of sound. Stretched
and sped up sequences with brief pauses of silence in between.
Harsh outbursts pour out like a chemical spill filling the air
with an overpowering sense of danger. Broken machines war with
one another as low rumbling synths groan under landslides of 
wreckage and blown out avalanches of static and electronic
intensity. Feedback is utilized at a minimal at most times
but knows it's place well. Digital Hardcore/Cybergrind style
tones and signals grind into the forefront and vanish without
a trace. Hissing blasts come like hot white steam rushing towards
your face. High end sounds come at high speeds in relentless attempts
to lacerate the flesh and sever the veins. WIRES AND RELAYS are not
fucking around. When the feedback does hit it screams in a similar manner as 
WHITEWATER ORGASM or even old-school WHITEHOUSE recordings.
Shrill and deadly. The amount of movement and activity on this record
is phenomenal. There is so much going on at any given time that it is
a total overload. It sounds like warehouse full of outdated technology
has been animated and is taking revenge on the world that disposed of
it. On the low end the bass is immense and we often experience rapid
fire machine gun blasts that pummel into our minds with such force that
you can feel it throughout your body. The Harsh Noise equivalent of a
gang war on your street. Object and junk noise is tossed into the mix
to give things even more of an Industrial edge. Looped rhythms and brief
segments on the quieter end of the spectrum keep things interesting and
offer up a very small window to take a breath before the next attack. As
I stated earlier, This is Cut-Up Noise done right.

A SYMPHONY OF HEAVY MACHINERY IN A CACOPHONY OF CHAOS:

8/10
-ABATTOIR-

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