Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Leader Of The Fucking Assholes

Mr. Waves Crashing Piano Chords has been treating me very well lately. Very graciously and generously hooking me up with several exclusive editions of his latest releases. All of which I aim to post reviews about in the coming weeks, starting out with the most recent piece of output. A 5-way split flexi disc 7" with Ad Nauseum, Contraktor, MPHIAT, and Funeral Parlor. This is the black flexi edition out of 150 copies, 33 RPM.

I've known about of most of these artist's prior to this record (Funeral Parlor of course being on a previous WCPC split). A smattering of mostly unknown artists that have all been kicking it for a couple years. This split actually has a good amount of variety of styles included throughout, but all are still basically rooted in power electronics. I got to say though, given how short the amount of time all these projects are given, each one does a pretty decent job with what they have. 


Ad Nauseum's track has an excellent eerie and shrieking instrumental. Very inspired by the sounds of early Ramleh and Grunt, but with a modern vocal style. Going even rawer, WCPC gives a grindcore length microsong of his singular vocal and microphone feedback delivery. It's Waves doing Waves, it love-punches my ears still. MPHIAT and Contraktor surprised me with their tracks honestly. MPHIAT doing an absurdly high pitched, throat trashing scream over an overblown, rythmic instrumental. It's super loud and fucked up. And Contraktor close it off with probably my favorite track on the disc. Starting off with a crushing wall of distortion, slowly morphing into more feedback and vocals. It's fucking nuts, and a wonderful switch from his usual death industrial focused recordings. Funeral Parlor honestly should have closed this off though, and unfortunately he's the one who suffers from the time length the most. "Nostalgia" only consists of a simple minor-key synth riff, and while it certainly does a good job setting the tone and atmosphere it's going for, it's just too short. This more "funeral" style of keyboard work definitely requires an 8-10 minute time length to feel justified, I think. But this still would have been an excellent closer. 

For a flexi disc this is actually a pretty sturdy record. It's actually got some weight and thickness to it, which I was very surprised and delighted by. Maybe I can get more then 4 plays out of it before it starts sounding like garbage! Making up for the lack of cover art, each artist gets a small vinyl sticker that is considered packaging. If you wanna keep this baby mint, don't put those stickers anywhere, nerds. 


Pick this record up over HERE.

~VII

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