Sunday, May 8, 2016

DRNSMS

One of the more unusual releases in the Sedem Minút Strachu discography, and it's arguable if it's even considered a 7MS release. Though it seems that these two acts worked tightly with each other on this product. The Solvak harsh noise musician Drén remixed a chunk of 7MS recordings for a crushing seven minute harsh noise bombshell. Together going under the name Drén Recyklator Nepodarkov Sedem Minút Strachu. Limited to 100 numbered copies by the Analog Freaks label.

I've never cared for or had much interest in checking out any remixes, ever. They always seemed like after thoughts or just what people did to fill up a B-side every now and again. Drén is an artist however that has worked tightly with 7MS live on a number of occasions. And it certainly helps make this tape another worthy addition to their mandatory discography. This single piece entitled "Prvy nájeb", hastily starts up with a quick swell of industrial tones, until a raging wall of cold, searing distortion erupts, burying the recognizable racket made by Sedem Minút Strachu. Drén seems to be working with the 7MS recordings from the Camphora Monobromata split and the "You Pose, But Why?" compilation. Bellowing vocals and Jan's tight snare hits peak through the distortion and the two elements work off each other brilliantly. Quick transitional passages of static or scrambled oscillations move between passages of rhythmic bass pulses and feedback, crust beats and brutal drums. Lasting all in all about as long as a solid harsh noise or noisecore set should last. This tape leaves a crater when it's done.

The tape looks as impressive as it sounds. Analog Freaks spared no expense in making this release a quality one. A double-sided, silk screened J-card on textured paper, with a professionally dubbed cassette, and like three stickers. It's a very tight looking cassette package.

I actually didn't notice until I took these pictures that I was gifted with a #4 copy of this! Huge thank's to Richard of 7MS for giving me such a generously low numbered copy. Oh yeah, and the first 25 or so tapes came with a special folded package, containing a set of ear plugs. There's no special branding on the plugs themselves, but the little box it's in is certainly a piece of packaging.


Read more about this tape here. 7MS is the best band.

~VII

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Mutilated Regurgitator

Anyone who collects grindcore should have at least 1-5 Agathocles records somewhere in their stacks. I myself have about 30, mainly sticking to their 7" split releases. Reviewing their records seems pretty superfluous in 2016 though doesn't it? Their best material has been re-re-re-recorded over countless releases and bootlegged records. Is Agathocles even a real band anymore? It's hard to tell how serious the members take the band now, at least in regards of writing new material. Regardless, their releases are usually always fun and I try to pick one up whenever I can. Agromosh Records recently repressed a great double 7" collection they released years ago entitled "Keep Mincing"! 2nd press on purple/dark blue vinyl 33 RPM.

These recordings were originally released on their first press of this record back in 2002. Half studio and half live recordings all done in 1988 (arguably around their best era). The A-side is all studio tracks recorded around the same time as classic recordings like "Cabbalic Gnosticism". It's a brutal recording, loud and violent. One of the best recordings I've heard from the mincecore legends. All the classics are here, like "Christianity Means Tyranny", "Lay Me Off", "Mutilated Regurgitator", and "Introtyle". The live recording has it's charm, but like too many Agathocles recordings, it's pretty painful to listen to. The (awesome) vocals bellow over everything else in the mix, the drummer can barely keep time, the riffs are buried in fuzz. I wouldn't be surprised if it was all recorded with one microphone 50 feet away from the stage. It has charm, of course, but I'll stick with record A more often then not.

Both records come packaged in a fold over, double-sided sleeve with all the info you would want to know about this record. Class.

You can probably find this in any good distro anywhere. FFO staying true to your roots.

~VII