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ZWEIZZ / RU-486

Split Cassette

Release:  2009

Label:  Destructive Industries

Avantgenre:  Power Electronics

Duration:  30 Minutes

Origin:  Norway / US

Official site:  None

Review online since:  17.03.2010 / 11:10:11

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When I wrote this review, I was eating a nice and spicy lentil&corn soup. The manner in which the soup burnt my mouth, the same way the sounds of this cassette felt in my ears. The same way I couldn't be bothered soothing my oral cavities with water, I couldn't be bothered walking across the room to turn the volume down a notch. It's those everyday catharses you go through for the pleasure of exiting on the other side, hopefully a slightly better person. Or even better, a worse person.

But anyway. Before this tape came on, I was listening to YES' 1972 prog-rock masterpiece "Close to the Edge" - so many the apex of that genre, next to perhaps KING CRIMSON's 1969 debut album. And I was thinking to myself, "hm. this tape is just about the sonic opposite of the yes album. i should write something on that." Which I tried, which was fun to do, but extremely boring to read. Goddamn wise-ass. But anyway. For those of you who have listened to early YES, you know how bloody cheer- and hopeful they were. Are. Songs about spiritual quests for all humanity's peace & happiness, elongated and eloquent runs on guitars basses and keys, a veritable audial landscape of exuberant and harmonious valleys, rifts and cliffs. This half-an-hour cassette, much like most noise releases, could be seen as an opposite of YES. But how?

It is ZWEIZZ' side on which I will focus (after all, I review this tape because Svein Egil sent me it, and he is relevant to the Avantgarde-Metal genre, rather than this being just another generic noise cassette, which it is). Unlike his more disturbingly weird and explosive full-length album, this release exposes a calmer, more menacing side of ZWEIZZ' noisemanship. Based on an Arctic-wind drone, subtle & unsettling, little happens on this first side of the tape. A tunnel-like surging feedback (not the sharp piercing you get with a proper microphone+distortion set-up) appears now and then, seemingly at random like a ghost or something (whooh, have to pull in some suggestive similes to make the release more attractive). It buzzes for a while, then goes away. Then it returns, then it goes away. But in a smart and subtle way, no explosions of sound or anything. Unsettling in a way, but not too much. Some other background noises are present now and again; a horn calling for war, additional multiple layers of humming and buzzing sounds. Not calling on too much of your attention.

Ah yes, it says Power Electronics. That entails vocals. And there are vocals here, unfortunately not Svein Egil's own, but a guest appearance from RU-486's mainman. Being an American, it's slightly amusing to hear him shout and scream a Norwegian poem ("Surrounded by enemies"). Referring to SUNN 0))) in a noise review on a metal webzine always feels very blatant and ignorant, but Wrest's work on their rendition of that IMMORTAL song on "Black One" comes to mind here. Cold and low-key buzzing electronics with Black Metal vocals on top.

Too much has been said at this moment on this tape, and I've only covered half of it. Again, it all comes down to this: this split cassette is not YES, it sounds nothing like YES, so don't listen to it if you want to hear YES. If you're not in the mood for YES, you might try this. I'm not too stimulated by this, but it's a nice tape, professionally made in many copies (yes, 100 copies is a lot).

(ah, forgot about the b-side. it's not that much happening. more harsh power electronics, tumbling crushing noises with screamed & very angry vocals on top. too much fooling around with the delay pedal. too little direction & arrangement - just shouting every now and then. sometimes the noises reach a state of greatness, but unfortunately too seldom. too unfocussed. he is a great vocalist though, with a lot of force & power - he could just as well sing in a thrash metal band with those falsetto howls now and then. but the "apocalyptic degeneration / sex sadist" lyrics are plainly boring. I'll put it like this: if you're a jaded Power Electronics listener and want something new, but not too new, listen to this. if you haven't heard Power Electronics before, try out early WHITEHOUSE, SUTCLIFFE JUGEND, GENOCIDE ORGAN, CON-DOM, TAINT, GRUNT, BIZARRE UPROAR first. like it? go ahead, enjoy RU-486.)

aVoid



TRACKLIST:

A. ZWEIZZ - Kringsatt Av Fiender
B. RU-486 - Revolution: Anti-Zion

 

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