Tuesday, December 13, 2016

REVIEW - STRAIGHT PANIC - BRUXISM - CASSETTE

STRAIGHT PANIC - BRUXISM - CASSETTE
FUCK MOUNTAIN LIMITED RELEASE
POWER ELECTRONICS/HARSH NOISE/EXPERIMENTAL/POST-INDUSTRIAL
CLEAR CASSETTE WITH STICKER LABELS.
COMES IN PLASTIC CASE WITH PAPER
J-CARD. EDITION OF 20. ORIGINALLY
RELEASED AS CDR ON APATHETIC TAPES.


SIDE A.)
I.) TOPOLOGY OF FEAR /  II.) CLOSE TO THE KNIVES /
III.) REQUIEM:

For those of you unaware, STRAIGHT PANIC is a project
primarily themed around Homosexual issues, Left leaning
event and true crime involving Homosexuals. 
Those of you who can't get into extremes on any side
of the spectrum should probably avoid Noise music in general,
But if you are here and just so happen to be offended or turned 
off by this concept, That's too bad...You'll be missing out on a
good release due to your own stupidity and lack of the capability
to remain objective or open minded to how others experience the 
world. "Topology Of Fear" opens with dark and solemn spoken samples
confessing violence and sadistic sexual fantasy. Confessions of fucking
and molesting hitch-hikers follow as eerie ambiance and what sounds like
the resonant hum of tires on the cold, Empty pavement are heard. Unsettling
to say the least. To know that these events actually occur to random individuals 
and communicate with (At least online) was capable of creating such an unnerving
atmosphere to be in. Pulsing synths and groaning waves of deep sub-atmospheric
sounds come rising and falling as semi-distant/restrained vocals attempt to
force their rage through the thick fog of sound. Grinding electronic signals
are heard as similar pulses come cranking out of the speakers. This transitions
into wintry gusts of white/grey static over inviting sub-vibrations that lull
you inwards. Agitated computers/machines voice their discomfort and sparse 
lashes of feedback quickly become longer and more common. Rumbling engines
below create a slow and steady roar until they expand into an airy hum...This
is soon blasted by harsh vocals and a static/shrill noise combo. The track 
remains quite haunting throughout, Although at times it feels more frustrated
and angry which brings an air of malevolence. Second track, "Close To The Knives" 
arrives on jagged early Industrial style synth rhythms. Spoken samples intro the 
vocals which are louder and clearer this time around. Each throat shredding scream
is cloaked in hissing distortion that sounds razor sharp. Delay/reverb tricks are
added which fill empty spaces over the minimal instrumentation. Later, We are suddenly
hit with a sonic bomb. Total experimentation with a lot of force behind it. Fans of the
early innovators of the Noise/Industrial/Minimalwave genres will find a lot to enjoy here.
Samples declaring "It's the straight people who are this countries problem" are heard right
before STRAIGHT PANIC drops another round of audio warfare over our heads. All make and manner of pedal and instrument are then abused in unison creating a glorious rift tearing display of
electronic fuckery...The minimal pulse persists..."Requiem" Closes the A side offering surreal
soundscapes buried behind sampled eye-witness news interviews concerning a bombing event at a 
lesbian club. Sawing patterns shift in and out in disorienting phased-out motions. In the 
distance we hear strange groaning movements and sub-orchestral melodies. These are present
most audibly at the end and provide an excellent outro to the first half. An intense listen
from a ballsy artist. Worth hearing. If it effects you, Negative or positive, It's doing what
music is meant to do.

SIDE B.)
IV.) LOWER EAST SIDE / V.) PRISON HYMN /
VI.) CRUISING/STALKER:
Program B drops us into the "Lower East Side" where we experience Industrial bomb blast 
rhythms that form a bass heavy percussive platform for distorted vocal assaults and gothy
rasps traced by feedback. Once again a fairly minimal formula is perfectly effective and
surprisingly powerful. A distorted vortex fans, Exposing it's gaping, Swirling mouth as it
attempts to devour the beat we opened with. Manipulation, Signal crossing and knob destruction
follow in a noisy hazed-out display. Vocals and rhythms return until they echo at the end as
if attempting to really drill their message into your head. Next up, "Prison Hymn" Takes us from 
the ghetto to maximum incarceration while giving us a dreary synth/string ambient dirge over 
equally gloomy sub-bass currents. Feelings of longing, Nostalgia, Loss and bitter-sweet recollection 
rush in swelling floods as passionate vocals are delivered as inspiring commandments...As if telling 
the listener to awaken to an urgent message. The ambiance is truly moving and stirs all kinds of warm and melancholic feelings. There is a slight 80's fantasy synth/soundtrack vibe at times, But nothing 
that makes this feel like it's relying on any gimmick. The drifty and dreamlike nature of the composition will pull you in though if you give it the attention it deserves. This is loosely close to the more emotional sides of NAVICON TORTURE TECHNOLOGIES or something similar. Self-Loathing, Yet tragically beautiful. Finally "Cruising/Stalker" brings back the more sinister vibes the album started off with. I must say that I am impressed  with how well STRAIGHT PANIC brought together very different, Yet related concepts as one cohesive album. "Cruising" opens on windswept gusts, Quiet objects/movements and a growing machine-like motor hum. Icy screams are delivered from some semi-close cavernous hide out as oscillators are tested and slowly tested
harder. The sounds of revving engines overlain between a demonstration of hurt filled memory and corrosive destruction until all is wreckage. Alarm-like signals soar as suspense and tension build to red levels. At this point it seems like we may be on a white knuckle ride to the end. Call your mothers, Tell em you love them and say your prayers cause conditions seem critical with no aid in sight. Toxic hazard zone Industrial for long, Lonely nights in post-apocalyptic times. Perhaps the soundtrack to America's future, Or maybe just wishful thinking...In the final moments all is harsh, Gritty as concrete, And as bleak as a nihilists birthday wish. Rabid Blackened screams and crushing bass distortion end this one. Heavy stuff.

ONCE AGAIN WE WE'RE QUITE IMPRESSED WITH STRAIGHT PANIC'S OUTPUT.
THIS IS DEFINITELY A PROJECT YOU'LL WANT TO KEEP YOUR EYES OUT FOR
AND YOUR EARS LOCKED ONTO. ORIGINALITY MEETS TRUE INDUSTRIAL TRADITION
WITH A MODERN TWIST OF PERVERSE HUMANISM AND TRUE CRIME MOTIFS:
7/10
-ABATTOIR-

straightpanic.bandcamp.com

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