May 27, 2011

☼ Bereft / Fire In The Head – MA/PE/FU Volume I split-LP

Fire In The Head was the power electronics project of ex-NYC punk Michael Page. PE is a pretty expansive genre, and F/I/T/H generally works in the harsher end. This split, though, tends to rest in a darker, death industrial realm before bringing in the harshness. All the normal industrial sounds are here (boiler room drums, clanging metal pipes, Full Metal Jacket samples, etc), but their arrangement is less than typical. What starts out sounding like normal Einsturzende Neubauten factory maintenance slowly turns into a foundry run amok. Low, growling synths and noise grow oppressive and all consuming. This workplace disaster doesn’t last for too long, but the buzzing electronics that follow help keep your mind off of your fallen co-workers and lava filled lunchbox. We’re treated to slowly oscillating buzzy rumbles with scratchy, distorted vocals on top. The next section has the Full Metal Jacket samples. R. Lee Ermey quotes get looped (“You will be faithful”) with vocals on top (“My right, your wrong”). The album hits a slow droning bit before hitting some rough, static filled electronics. Let that rock for a minute or so and then the album side ends. All in all, very enjoyable. This is the last release from F/I/T/H, and is one fifteen minute track. Technically, the release lists five tracks, but it seems those are just the source material for the single-track (or 'mash-up' if you will) as a couple of the listed tracks are on other releases in a much longer presentation.
Bereft is a two piece consisting of Peter Lee (Force of Nature label) and Andy Grant (The Vomit Arsonist). Peter, like Mike above, has a background in hardcore. Like many power electronics acts, Bereft have very political lyrics. What kind of hardcore guy would ditch his beliefs just because he switched genres? Bereft’s side is two tracks, both about seven minutes. The first, “You Don’t Represent Me” is comprised of low, distorted synthy drones, booming boiler room drums, and angry vocals and shrieky feedback. It’s uncomfortable and angry…everything you want! The second track, “I Will Not Assimilate” is more of the same, maybe with a little more focus on the synth drone and pedal work. These tracks would make for a great live PE set!
All in all, this is a solid power electronics release from two great acts. The packaging is superb as well. I can’t wait until Volume 2!
This release was limited to 300 pieces.

Год: 2011
Страна: USA
Лейбл: Existence Establishment

01. Bereft: You Don’t Represent Me (7:32)
02. Bereft: I Will Not Assimilate (7:08)
03. Fire In The Head: Mundus Vult Decipi (15:23)
— i.) The Great Deceiver
— ii.) In His Garden
— iii.) My Right, You’re Wrong
— iv.) Remove the Gauze
— v.) Sodom Eyes

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