Monday, September 5, 2016

REVIEW - STRAIGHT PANIC - FOR MAGNE ANDREASSEN (1953-1992) - CASSETTE - C26

STRAIGHT PANIC - FOR MAGNE ANDREASSEN (1953-1992) - CASSETTE - C26
FUCK MOUNTAIN LIMITED RELEASES
HARSH NOISE/EXPERIMENTAL ELECTRONICS
WHITE CASSETTE WITH STICKER LABELS
COMES IN A RESEALABLE BLACK VINYL
BAG WITH STICKERS AND MINI 16 PAGE 
ART ZINE PRINTED ON VELLUM PAPER.
"DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF MAGNE
ANDREASSEN (1953-1992), MURDERED
BY BARD "FAUST" EITHUN (EMPEROR)
IN LILLEHAMMER NORWAY. DEDICATED
TO THE MEMORY OF ALL QUEER VICTIMS
OF HETEROSUPREMACY."


SIDE A.)
I.) NO GLORY FOR THE COWARD BARD:
This is an interesting release conceptually speaking. It's not
often that we see an extreme electronics or extreme underground
album based around sympathy for the victim rather than praising
some murderer or criminal. It's especially taboo considering the
crime being one infamous in the Black Metal scene. Although STRAIGHT
PANIC is known for Queer themed works and when it comes to noise music,
Anything goes, It still takes some balls to put out a release like this
when so many black clad, Greasy haired individuals will be waiting with
maces at the ready and torches burning...I can just imagine a horde of
Corpse Painted "Kvlt Warriors" ready to "defend" their brethren over
this one. But in reality...We all know that apart from a few internet
tough guys and perhaps a death threat email or two, Not much is going
to happen. Regardless this is a really interesting perspective on the
event and slightly refreshing somehow. Track one, Blatantly titled "No
Glory For The Coward Bard" begins things by easing us into what sounds
like a fresh grave being dug in order to hide one's crime. The act grows
hastily more frantic and nervous with time and then we switch into sampled
interviews containing blackened guitar riffs. A Harsh assault follows as if
a howling void has opened and began spewing all things vile and abrasive into
the still night air.. Moaning resonance and sub bass drones create an airy 
layer like hushed voices of witnesses in shock attempting to keep quiet.
Feedback writhes as things rise in volume to become a smothering mass.
Blurred vocals form a hazy wall that erects and crumbles in the distance.
Mortar fire impacts hit hard and take us into looped samples concerning
sin and good old fashion religious scare tactics. Distorted fragments
rise and waver as a static slowly falls like a corrosive rain. Sub-melodic
textures come in obscured waves as tides of aural filth churn in tantrums
beneath. Nordic winds come as howling wolves keeping with the concept as
experimental "Space Noise" elements come and go serving as lead notes.
Swept into silence we move on to the closer.

SIDE B.)
II.) IT'S BETTER TO HAVE A KNIFE YOU DON'T NEED 
THAN TO NOT HAVE ONE WHEN YOU NEED IT:
Named after a quote from Bard Faust himself. Not sure how he expected 
such a weak defense to hold up in court...Or perhaps he was just looking
to gain some "Kvlt Points" among his fellow panda painted brothers. Either
way, STRAIGHT PANIC is obviously using his own words against him as a "Knife"
of their own. A sarcastic stab in the intellect and a pretty solid track as
well...Oh, How the mighty have fallen...Caustic Harsh Noise barrages rock
the room right from the start. Hints of rhythms are present but seem to
be ground to thin, Jagged edges before they become too memorable. Again
we have heavily oppressive sub-bass dirges coursing underneath. Like the
fall of great stone monoliths as the foundation quakes, Rumbles, Breaks
apart and is torn asunder. The piece feels like it's falling in on itself
by the time the greatly buried and un-discernible vocals arrive. These come
as strong shouts through sharp distortion in repetitious arrays. Heard but 
never really understood. Things take a slightly more rhythmic turn and lock
in to a solid groove (I use this description in the loosest of ways.) The
feeling of building frustration and a need to say something of importance
to a writhing sea of idiots is greatly implied. In other words this one
is dripping with desperation and futility. Honorable to hold ones ground
nonetheless. The repeating vocal lines have now weaved together. Where one 
is starting before the last has ceased to create a continuous cyclic pattern.
There is a good amount of power and fury to this approach. It definitely packs
a punch. (Or are we using knives?) Either way we have an excellent Harsh Noise
release with more to offer than many others in the scene these days. One that
stands out in a crowd...And that's an accomplishment when it's as crowded as
it is these days. The track begins to break apart, Like a machine who's parts
are falling off leaving rumbling fragments to take on more labor in a pointless
trek of resistance towards utter demise. A blur of violence...Much like the chosen
subject of focus. Repeated screams and minimal noise kill this one off. 

A GREAT RELEASE ROUNDED OUT WITH KILLER PACKAGING AND AN AWESOME ART BOOK CONTAINING QUOTES, XEROXED PHOTOGRAPHS, ARTWORK FEATURING FLORA AND FAUNA NATIVE TO THE AREA OF THE MURDER AND OTHER NEAT LITTLE THINGS FOR YOUR EYES TO ABSORB WHILE LISTENING. I'VE YET TO SEE/HEAR A BAD RELEASE FROM BOTH THIS PROJECT AND THIS LABEL. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED:

8/10
-ABATTOIR-

https://straightpanic.bandcamp.com/

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