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Some of us, and that
includes me, occasionally like to have their ears and sensibilities completely
shredded by blasts of seemingly unrefined, fierce noise. Crepuscular Entity’s Harmfulmelodics serves this purpose
rather well, and it left my ears and mind ringing with its raging abattoir aesthetic.
Here we have five lengthy tracks (the longest of which is 40 minutes!) of freeform
improvisation, creating huge chunks of raw noise-meat, bloodied and battered,
dripping with viscera, and unashamedly smelling of the fresh kill. Not for the
delicate of hearing or taste, these are not merely slabs of crude unprocessed
cacophony, but also physical steel blades and graters, sharp and ready to
slice, dice, and dismember.
It’s not hard to imagine
either standing in a blast furnace or in the midst of a nuclear detonation –
the smothering, claustrophobic blankets of nucleated, granular din paint a
vivid picture of vaporisation right down to the atomic level. This is the sound
your body makes as it disintegrates into its most basic molecular and cellular components,
and what’s worse is that your consciousness remains intact even as the
dissolution takes place, and your mind is unable to grasp just what’s happening
until it’s too late.
The barrage is
relentless, but having noted that there are nevertheless adornments and
highlights added here and there to render it all that much more
three-dimensional. Pain, grime, industrial decay, corruption, filth, oil and grease,
rusty machinery, tortured souls, and rebellious electronics: these are the
necessary ingredients of Crepuscular Entity’s elixir, a medicinal poison to
reduce all into an unidentifiable sludge and bone. This is the slaughterhouse
of civilisation, the clubhouse of the barbaric, the abattoir of moral codes and
social niceties. The hooks are sharp and buried deeply, the blades are
swinging, the blood flows freely, and we are turned to swill.
Unlike Merzbow, there’s a
different set of rules being followed here. It’s not a matter of being more or
less refined, or of being more polished or rough around the edges: it’s purely
a difference of approach, one which arrives at a specific destination. This is
in-the-moment creation, recorded and left as is, the only additions being those
which were added on the day - nothing else. This is more akin to an exorcism, a
cleansing, and an unleashing of controlled power, a catharsis meant to abate
something deep and angry. It’s extremely visceral, a force to be felt in the
pit of the stomach. This is as real as it gets.
PowerElectronics/ Death Industrial/ Harsh Noise/ Dark Ambient. 29/9/18 I’ve been listening to noise with growing interest since
the early 90s, this led me to review for other sites for periods of time until
I landed here on my own blog. I often review acts that fall into the different noise
categories. Sometimes they are shared out by the label or artist and it creates
a wider audience. Most of the time I am reviewing what I buy, and I feel like I
am making that extra effort in this mpfree day and age of music listening. However,
a balance of obscure and popular is often needed within the blog as it grows. I
created a Facebook profile purely to promote this blog and then artists started
contacting me to do reviews, which I liked as I hadn’t heard of many of them
before. I was reading the latest Special Interests magazine I had purchased
from Unrest and there was an interview with the artist Wince and they spoke
about how different golden eras of US noise have been come and gone. Being p…
Whenever I play Consumer Electronics I think of Philip Best,
topless and twisting his nipples at me whilst shouting away at the audience - I
can’t get that image out of my head; onstage Best is disturbing. CE- now a trio
of Best, Sarah Froelich and Russell Haswell are powerful, conceptually
challenging and complex live. This is Consumer Electronics first new single since
the Dollhouse album on Harbinger Sound and Repetition Reinforcement 12” on
Diagonal both from 2015. It is gorgeously presented with inner sleeve and picture cover. The Weight opens with feedback and pulsating jabs of twisty,
blasting noise; backed by a constant mid paced beat. It continues the beat-based
assault, peppered with short, rhythmic cuts of noise that featured on Dollhouse
Songs. The main Best/ Froelich vocal is very warped in sound, this makes it
According to Jewish
folklore, Lilith was the first wife of the Biblical Adam, not Eve. In the
original rendering of the creation of humankind myth she came into being
alongside Adam at exactly the same time, and not from any part of her husband
(unlike Eve, who was created from one of Adam’s ribs while he slept). She was
an entirely separate and individual creation. However, she turned out to be
something of a wilful woman who rejected God and her husband and so was,
naturally, demonised by subsequent generations and portrayed as a baby-killer.
Christianity especially has some major issues with disobedient and upstart
women, and so the traditional myth of Adam and Eve was promulgated to the
exclusion of any mention of Lilith (and yet, Eve was responsible for the Fall
of Man). However, in some of the left-hand path systems she’s been adopted as
an agent of sexual domin…