Category Archives: Reviews

The Verboden Boys (Belfast Chapter)-band from reality & Unseens

So this group have a badly bent/majorly skewed/acutely kinked set-up/member ratio that stages them apart from the first foot through the stain-glass…I forget it off-the-cuff but will retrieve it from the label notes by the end of the review. Continue reading The Verboden Boys (Belfast Chapter)-band from reality & Unseens

Rodenticide-s/t LP:

Oh wonderful! No! Truly! Sophisticated garbage core, prose in putrefaction. sounds like Shitnoise come cruddy Noisecore with improvised Jazz conjunction (blasty, random, tangential drums from Chris Pitsiokos), bad Albert Ayler antiphonics (cheap reads abuse from Isaiah Richardson ) & scratty ill-incongruence discord on guitar & bass courtesy of a Mr. Richard Lenz (reminiscent of Sharrock shred in some instances). Insalubrious, unpalatable, perturbed, unstable, badly besmirched. Continue reading Rodenticide-s/t LP:

MonoNeon-selfie quickie 2wooo & welcome to whatever the fyuck EP’s:

A young electric bass virtuoso from Memphis – extraordinary chops/hyper lumber.. the name? Dwayne Thomas Jr aka MonoNeon! dry roasting big batches of fissiparous Funk & fusoid Hip-Hop lampoon. Lashings of sumptuously nimble bass-slapping, without shame nor restraint. Majorly awed by Funkadelic, Michael (Fuckin’) Henderson & Prince (MonoNeon was one of the last musicians to collaborate with Prince before the fatal dose) – it has a very specialized retro mannerism & attention to phonetics (larders heaving with Herbie Hancock style synths from the 70’s era) Continue reading MonoNeon-selfie quickie 2wooo & welcome to whatever the fyuck EP’s:

Shitnoise Bastards-this is a threat EP cassette:

Oh! A wonderful triple crack in the cranium here. Presumably a two-piece (I write this half-blind, with only the physical tape for details & no internet access) of garbage-spew trash-Noisecore with vicious hysterical Blurcore tendencies. It’s billed as “Shitnoise” (or at least the band’s name opts for this indication) but it’s too fierce & too well recorded (in a Tascam over trash way! still weeping-wound lo-fi scuzz, don’t worry). Continue reading Shitnoise Bastards-this is a threat EP cassette:

Dark Throne Is Dead-fukk Norway cassette:

The quaintest of all crude. 85 tracks (in less than eight & a half minutes) of tatty, drossed-out, trash, mishap lampoon. Garbage scuzz BM with an aluminum drum-machine on permanent blast-patrol & gibberish, indiscernible vocal blather. Funny. Endearing. Dumb as fuck. Very little information divulged & the classic ‘no contact’ (not ‘stated’ here but simply absent) statement. Continue reading Dark Throne Is Dead-fukk Norway cassette:

Facialmess/Nyctalops-split CD:

A crisp cuff round the cortex from two major Stentorians. Beginning with Facial Mess (that’s Kenny Sanderson, a British dude from Serpentis upon Anvix that fucked-off to Nippon in the 90’s to join the Japanoise joust), who roll forth three hulks of progressive metal-work antiphonics & quality electronics. Variation, space, frequency, post-session editing & what would appear to be no compulsion to simply churn out restrictively aggressive destruction (he has done enough of that) results in this extremely tired genres enlarged & reinvigorated horizon. Continue reading Facialmess/Nyctalops-split CD:

Karen Finley-the truth is hard to swallow/tales of taboo LP’s:

Karen Finley-the truth is hard to swallow LP:

Good grief! What do you know about Karen Finley? So my precision on the exact historical account will be straight scabrous, but Karen was (& may well still be) an arch nutty bitch from Chicago who took a penchant to shall we say “insalubrious” & histrionic performance art. Somewhere in the 70’s or 80’s she shifted to California before eventuating in New York. My reference is her records & not her performance art, which I have never witnessed nor studied. This particular emesis episode, the Truth is Hard to Swallow, is from 1987. Now, Karen really is a wing-nut! Her theme is basically stupid, hyper crude, ridiculously explicit, amateur, screamy, tattered & badly misshapen-rap styled hysteria, cobbled into strings of grossly swollen, tangential & thoroughly nonsensical Tourettes. Continue reading Karen Finley-the truth is hard to swallow/tales of taboo LP’s:

The Afternoon Gentlemen-s/t 12”LP:

Grindcore! This once formidable genre has been gutted by over commercialization, saturation- stockpiling & a failure to intensify or expand beyond watered-down versions of the same old shit (possibly with added toss n’ gloss so it’s more marketable to the metal fan-base). This crew of White Lightening mendicants have a little something else to offer, with a deeply personalized concoction of erratic Grindcore infused with Power Violence, Hardcore & even a little Extreme Metal & Punk influenza. Continue reading The Afternoon Gentlemen-s/t 12”LP:

Okishima Island Tourist Association-evil ok CDR:

Quite the spanker. This brand new & remarkable burster of taste-buds album from Scottish stick-up duo Cummings & Glass Kovorox. Hopped-up on robotics, AI, automation, the increasing commercialization & privatization of the human sphere, digitization of brain-cells, technology theocracy, Big Data cartels etcetera, it’s a seven track polymorph of harsh noise emotives, tampered IDM-esque beats, artisan Electronics, malfunctioning Industrial off-cuts, FX & distortion infused vocals, peculiar samples under even peculiar modifications, demolishing chip-tune bone fracture & hazy/abstractive Ambient & trance reverie. Continue reading Okishima Island Tourist Association-evil ok CDR:

Andrew Hill-compulsion!!!!! CD:

A classic as far as I am concerned. Pianist Andrew Hill leads this cult 1965 session with a procession of black harlequins on a dark carnival of Avant ethno-Jazz that’s stewing in ju-ju & streaming mystique way’ way off the tourist track. Fevered, pouring with perspiration & with a suave tenebrosity, it runs like the sound track to an imaginary voodoo thriller from the least accessible enclave of West Indian obscura in the thrall of celebrating a unique yearly festivity. Continue reading Andrew Hill-compulsion!!!!! CD: