Tuesday, June 14, 2016

REVIEW - POWER MONSTER - EMANATIONS - CASSETTE

POWER MONSTER - EMANATIONS - CASSETTE
DANVERS STATE RECORDINGS/DSR66
HARSH NOISE WALL/HARSH NOISE
COMES IN A PLASTIC CASE WITH
FOLD OUT J-CARD INSERT. ON
BLACK CASSETTE WITH SIDE A/B
INDICATED BY CARVINGS IN THE
PLASTIC.
POWER MONSTER IS:
ALEXANDRA PHARMAKIDIS


SIDE A.) SLEEP TO DEATH:
This a pretty standard Harsh Noise Wall style piece that
definitely lives up to it's name. Not to say it's boring
so much as that it can have a lulling effect on the listener.
Some may disregard the genre entirely and miss the point, But
for what it is, POWER MONSTER offers a solid example of HNW.
Although I do have to be in the mood for something like this,
When that mood does hit this will surely be a go to from now
on. The track mainly consists of a static mass of seething
distortion that slowly creeps up from the opening silence
to spread out into a sprawling abyss of caustic crackling,
scraping, tearing and devouring sound that is similar to 
that of a low roaring, But quickly spreading forest fire.
In true HNW tradition, Dynamics are completely disregarded
in favor of letting the pedals create whatever they will.
This can be seen as Stoic, Soothing or completely destructive
depending on how you look at it. The piece does seem to become
a little more intense and immense as time rolls by but with this
style of music it's hard to tell what's real and what is merely
a trick of the mind trying to rationalize what you're hearing.

SIDE B.) THE GRID:
The B side is similar to the previous in that we are presented
with one long form track that takes up the entire duration of the 
side. The textures and consistency of this piece vary from what
we heard with "Sleep To Death." "The Grid" more of a jagged edge
to it and comes across as "hazardous" or "perilous." If we looked
at it like an expanse of terrain mapped into sound, It'd be one
best not explored if you care about you're own personal safety.
There is a lot more "movement" here. Thrashing waves of static
relentlessly whip and rid as if being tossed at the mercy of 
an enormous storm at sea. The grid is obviously not a place 
meant as a habbitation to any lifeforms familiar to our daily
lives. This track offers a great contrast to the almost tranquil
quality of the A side. The tones here die down at times. A temperary
respite before once again gaining momentum and stripping the skin off
of our backs. You are at the mercy of the monster when listening to 
this one. The tones and sounds contained here are like that of crunching
rows of teeth as they hungrily grind bone into dust in a cycle of suffering.
Truly a monster of power.

A SOLID RELEASE TO ZONE OUT TO. TWO VOIDS EXPAND AND DEVOUR IN
THEIR OWN PARTICULAR MANNER. RECOMMENDED:

7.5/10
-ABATTOIR-

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