After a few attempts to put this together, Skull Servant’s Watching EP now makes it onto the format that matters. Said to sound like a blend of “Einsturzende Neubauten/Test Dept industrial, early 90′s powerviolence and modern day hardcore ala Walls with more than a smattering of noise“, take it as it is and let it warp your mind. Released digitally two years ago, it finally makes its vinyl release in 2014. Three songs in total, you can stream it in full and/or buy the record, each copy on red vinyl, directly below via Bandcamp.
Being released as Puzzle Records #119, Wormhead is coming out with a new single of exciting sounds nicely called This is art…this is disgusting, where Side A consists of “This Is Art…” and Side B features “…This Is Disgusting”. It is a lathe cute, 6 inches in nature, and only ten copies have been made. It has been said that five copies are accounted for so get these before they’re gone. For ordering information, head to Puzzle Records’ blog.
From Norway comes a duo who go by the name of Pestorgel, who have created an eponymous album that is said to consist of “field recordings, feedback,and scrap metal combine(d) to paint pictures of bleak, marshland rural living. Each day spent toiling on infertile lands as life seeps away. The threat of sickness.” If sickness is what you wish to hear and experience in your life, you may purchase this on cassette (only 100 copies have been pressed) or download it for free as MP3′s or FLAC lossless files.
This is said to be “originally intended to be a physical release follow up to the Giallo box set” released by No Visible Scars label released in 2011, but instead this was released last week as a harsh noise tribute to Italian and Western films. On this album you’ll hear new versions of Vamos A Matar Companeros, A Lesson In Manners, He Who Lashes Last(Lashes Hardest), Not Today Or Tomorrow, Vanity, Vanity, and The Great Silence done by the likes of Bleak Existence, Paregorik, Gluttoness, and Fecalove. If you are in love with the original songs, you are either going to think these are disgusting and pointless or some of the most awesome noise you’ve ever heard.
The adventures continue once again with True Neutral Crew, who have released a nice 7-song EP called #POPPUNK, which could sound like a mixture of pop and punk but because you know what to expect from these guys, you know you’re not going to expect that at all.
There’s different styles in each song, one track might sound like the guy from clipping. decided to enter the studio or basement and rhyme (which makes sense, considering Daveed Diggs is in a song or so). Another time, you’ll hear a female presence and realize that’s that Margot Padilla of I.E., or hear another guy rap and doodle and know it’s not only more, it’s Signor Benedick The Moor. It feels like an open house but you also know what True Neutral Crew are born to do, not to do, as well as undo. #POPPUNK is music for those who don’t care if a library book is overdue.
Unreleased until two years after the fact, Never Was, Never Is, Never Shall Be is a 5-track mega-burst of noise/harsh-noise, which means you’ll want to turn this down very much before pressing play. The album includes a massive 25-minute clusterfuck “Never Is”, which is sure to throw you out of your house or apartment immediately. The entire album is available as a free download.
Put together by Joeseph Simon, Specimen is a new compilation on the floppy disk-only label Floppy Kick featuring experimental music artists from Cleveland, Ohio. Only 36 copies are being made for it, and each comes with download code. Artists on this include WhorlWeaver, Rot Ton Bone, Man 009, Fascist Insect, Jeremy Bible, Cellophane Orchestra, and many more. For ordering information, check out Floppy Kick’s home page.
For fans of experimental/avant-garde/noise is a new c40 tape by Mark Van Fleet called NEG SCAN. Only 50 copies of this are being made of what is being called “crude ambient”. Van Fleet resides in Columbus, Ohio and this album is said to have “manipulated tape loops and stark passages of subdued minimalism.” If it sounds weird and unpredictable, you are a possible customer. Copies of this will be available through Amnesia Program. For now, a one-minute excerpt is available for your listening pleasure, which is only a small percentage of the full album but may be enough to seal the deal.
Ritual Filth is the title of a new 10″ record released on Love Earth Music released by +Dog+ and Actuary. It can be considered a trip into the experimental side of electronic music. The record costs $8/$10ppd, available from PayPal through TASTETHEBURN [at] yahoo [dot] com, but you’ll want to e-mail them first for international postage rates. For a hint as to what +Dog+ is about, go to Bandcamp. For more on Actuary’s audio violence, click here.
Chris Marsh has returned as In Kit Form, and his new album is a three-track piece that is categorized as “worship; Christian” but also glitch, drone, noise, and experimental. Can this be? Well, of course.
The sounds can be both dramatic and melodramatic, haunting and eerie, atmospheric and tender, and sometimes going nowhere in the right direction. It’s the kind of works where you have to allow it to take you to discover where it may or may not lead, and what happens afterwards is up to you. Is it in anyway spiritual or devotion? Hard to say, you can interpret these tracks in any way you want but take them as you wish and see where it will allow you to stop. If you allow it to stop at all.