Wednesday, August 9, 2017

REVIEW - BACULUM/LIGATURE IMPRESSION - SPLIT - CASSETTE

BACULUM/LIGATURE IMPRESSION - SPLIT - CASSETTE
GUTTER BLOAT/GTTR01
HARSH NOISE/POWER ELECTRONICS
TRANSPARENT TAPE WITH BLACK/RED STICKERS.
COMES IN STANDARD CASE WITH J-CARD INSERT.
BACULUM IS:
SAM STOXEN
LIGATURE IMPRESSION IS:
N. DESUAH


Ok, So what we've got here appears to be the first release for 
a label called "Gutter Bloat." I've got to say this is an excellent
start for them. First up we have merciless Harsh Noise molestation 
via BACULUM, Followed by the brutal rage of LIGATURE IMPRESSION 
(Who's previous releases on Danver's State and Maniacal Hatred really impressed 
us.) 

SIDE A.) BACULUM:
I.) AUDIO-EROTIC SYNESTHETIC EJACULATION:
The track title truly says it all. And the album art reveals that 
we are going into dark territory. BACULUM delivers ripping distortion
that comes in a sulphurous vortex. It truly sounds like the gates of
Hell have burst open and the degree of destruction is off the fucking
charts. Rusty hinge squeals are heard like the nails of some poor fuck
being dragged into the smoldering abyss scratching in vain. All the tones
and textures BACULUM use here are pure abrasive abuse...And yet, Even in
the midst of this chaos you can hear moments of respite. Moments where things
wind down like a deep exhalation...As if saying, "Ok, I got this, It's just
fire and brimstone." Hope you got your second wind cause it's not over yet.
The maw of the maelstrom grins wide as scorching feedback blasts like hot
wind in your face. The sounds of mangled destruction in progress. High end
frequencies appear like blips on radar and then vanish. Piles of aural debris 
and rubbish carelessly spilling into your consciousness. It's like listening
to a Concrete Musique tribute to raw sewage. Totally repulsive in the best 
possible way. Various movements occur. Each a traumatic, Yet exhilarating 
occurrence. Harsh Noise often relies on sexual themes, But many works lack 
passion/inspiration. BACULUM is not one of those. Instead we get something
with all the force and excitement of an intense B.D.S.M. session. Crackling 
static whips and oceanic tidal waves among surging vibration. Late in the 
track we are treated to glitch/experimental elements that are a real nice 
touch. Seemingly random signals and blasts that reach out to pull you in 
deeper. Each time you think the track is over it strikes out again. Final 
thrusts to make sure the job is done. Total sensory overload that will leave 
you sweating with heavy breaths. This is what it would sound like to be fucked 
by noise. And I guarantee you that once you put the tape in and hit play...
You're fucked. Harsh Noise that's foaming at the mouth and ready to leave 
some heavy love marks.

SIDE B.) LIGATURE IMPRESSION:
II.) OVERSTIMULATION / III.) DEMULCENT /
IV.) NERVE DAMAGE:
They should really make you sign a death waver before having you review shit
like this. LIGATURE IMPRESSION presents three offerings that make me nervous
and excited upon reading the track titles. What LIGATURE IMPRESSION crafts
could be compared to artists along the lines of GNAWED, ABJECTION RITUAL,
TEN THOUSAND MILES OF ARTERIES, Etc. After the A side overloads our senses,
"Over-stimulation" comes to put another bullet in our heads and finish the
job. Pure electronic terror. Weird digitized heavy drones strike and recoil
into scathing feedback. Scratching distorted dread comes in heavy clawing and
raking. It feels like pressure is building up and shits about to fucking blow.
Music to make you on edge and paranoid as you await the next Hell. We know it's
coming...Might as well strap in. Unsettling rumbles and vibrations arise from
clawing death as vocals are spewed into a vortex of harsh industrial noise 
textures. They adeptly match the strange ferocity that provides their backdrop.
Manic and seemingly random bursts of hostility cloaked in effects/filters and
here to intimidate and torture. Phaser effects on the feedback make for a cool
effect as forest fire atmospheres come in crackling waves and roars. Following
is "Demulcent." Wavering ominous ambient vibration that carries with it a hollow
resonance. Cold synth waves that offer a moment to regather our wits once again.
...Although the brooding synths hint at coming woes. Vocals come low and eerie.
Spoken through distortion with really cool reverb/delay/phasers/etc. This gives
them a truly creepy clinical alien vibe. I'd definitely compare this to STEEL
HOOK PROSTHESIS in terms of overall effect. I've read of supposedly true extra-
terrestrial abduction cases where extremely painful experiments and horrid mutilations 
allegedly took place on various human victims. I've read about alleged alien crafts 
examined upon recovery and we're said to contain compartments full of myriad human
remains. If any such craft we're to exist and such things we're to happen...This
track is exactly how I'd imagine the atmosphere in it to be. Obscure, Surreal,
Horrific, And without remorse. "Nerve Damage" starts with agitated drone pulses
and throbbing vibrations. Slicing feedback pierces deep as waves of "wet" electronics
flood in currents plasma. The effects used are obviously thought out and executed to
perfection. A powerful hum resides beneath as chaos is let loose overhead. The vocals
are similar to the previous track, But with more malice and aggression this time around.
They sound like they are coming from an entity from another dimension. Not quite organic,
Not quite mechanical, But some hybrid bastard in-between with a couple of screws loose and
a lot of pent up shit. In other words. It sounds perfect. Varying textures are applied as
things build into a messy slush of sonic sewage. The track sounds like it could drip out
of your stereo and infect you in your sleep. The intensity continues to build until we
reach the boiling point. Final outbursts and it's into the watery grave of silence.

A SOLID SPLIT. BOTH ARTISTS DELIVER TENSE, 
WELL CRAFTED EXTREMES. DEFINITELY WORTH OWNING 
AND REPEATED LISTENS. THERE ARE STILL SOME GENUINE 
DARK SOUNDS IN THE UNDERGROUND. THESE TWO HAVE MADE 
SURE OF IT:

7.5/10
-ABATTOIR-

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