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The Dead Yesterdays: Waiting For The Lightning

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Jun 30 2018
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Artist: The Dead Yesterdays
Title: Waiting For The Lightning
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Inner Demons Records
Rated: *****
The Dead Yesterdays hail from Scotland and describe themselves as “4 spring sonic mayhem for the musically disinclined.” Sounds promising. This disc consists of two tracks. The first, “Waiting For The Lightning,” is a plodding, noisy walk through an post-apocalyptic landscape. But this isn’t the wall of noise that I expected from the description. Instead, we have here the best possible elements of noise and dark ambient coming together. It’s noisy, but not really noise. At times, the noise peeks through the surface, but never really comes out in full force. It becomes increasingly distorted toward the end. The track moves well into the next track, “Wayward Souls,” which is more rhythmic than the first track, but the rhythm does not stay consistent. Instead, this is like a machine whose gears have long ago worn out but the power keeps it running anyway, even as parts fall off occasionally. This is much more in line with the noisiness that I expected, but this is still pleasant and enjoyable, and almost hypnotic. Overall, this reminds me of James Keeler’s (of Wilt fame) descriptor “dark noise.” Well done. This album weighs in at around 21 minutes and is limited to 42 copies.

CPTN Uzncwz: Praise Kary Mullis

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Jun 30 2018
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Artist: CPTN Uzncwz
Title: Praise Kary Mullis
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Inner Demons Records
This is my first encounter with Columbia, Missouri based CPTN Uzncwz, but they describe themselves thus: “Organic locally sourced HNW about nature and spirits or some shit.” I love a band that doesn’t taken themselves too seriously, so that bodes well. They also explain that “This album is dedicated to Dr. Kary Mullis, creator of the Polymerase Chain Reaction, God of intuitive practice of the sciences.” I had to look up Polymerase Chain Reaction, and evidently it is a way to generate millions of copies of the same segment of DNA. In some ways, then, this actually seems like a decent homage to this process. This is 21 minutes of low end, rumbling bass noise. It almost feels like the same segment of noise was looped over and over for the entire piece. It was pleasant to listen to, and even with headphones I found my mind wandering away, and then coming back again. Still, as I have said with some other works, I prefer to have some variety in my noise, so this didn’t really work for me as it stands. I could see this working well as part of an art installation though. This album weighs in at around 21 minutes and is limited to 42 copies.

Raven: Life in Ruins

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Jun 30 2018
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Artist: Raven (@)
Title: Life in Ruins
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Inner Demons Records
Rated: *****
Raven hails from aak, Serbia, and describes themselves as “Anarcho vegan harsh noise from the depths of darkness.” Well, I like some harsh noise, so let’s put this on and see what we have here. This album consists of one track, “Life in Ruins,” which weighs in at 15:38 minutes. We are immediately assaulted by harsh noise that takes on everything including the kitchen sink. There is a lot going on here, with everything overdriven and distorted to the maximum levels. I enjoyed the fact that Raven keeps everything moving at a rapid pace, which keeps it from getting too dull. However, I would have liked to have a bit more balance between the high end and the low end, as they do later on in the track. If you like harsh, in-your-face- noise, this is worth checking out. This disc is limited to 42 copies.

WNW: Wonky Noise Wall

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Jun 30 2018
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Artist: WNW
Title: Wonky Noise Wall
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Inner Demons Records
Rated: *****
I could find no information on this project, but with a title like Wonky Noise Wall, I get the sense that this should be fun at least. With that said, let’s get right into the music. This is noise as reflected through a funhouse mirror. At first glance, this may seems like just another repetitive wall of noise, but within the cycles of repetition, WNW throws in different snippets of sound to keep the listener on their toes. A bit of clanging metal here, a beep there, all in the cycling maelstrom of analogue circuits gone completely off the rails. Over time the whole things shifts, almost imperceptibly at first, slowly adding new elements as old ones slough off. If you ever need to explain fractals, this is a way to do it. This album weighs in at 21 minutes and is limited to 42 copies.

This Is What I Hear When You Talk: Untitled 0001

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Jun 28 2018
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Artist: This Is What I Hear When You Talk
Title: Untitled 0001
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Inner Demons Records
As I mentioned in the review of the FFI Digital disc, this is yet another project of Dan Fox, the man behind Loss, Fail, FFI Digital, and Inner Demons Records. So how is this different from his other projects? The Facebook page for this project describes it thus: “Walls, of the noise. Variety: harsh. Harsh walls of noise. Noisy, harsh, walls. PSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!” So let’s put in the disc and see what we have. I enjoy noise, but I like a bit of variety in it. This disc consists of one track entitled “PATCHOTRON_S0F0_FX70_≈21.” This track consists of rumbling low-end bass noise. Although the droning feel of it was almost peaceful, I found myself wanting it to do more. The feeling was similar to being on a plane, with its constant, never-ending hum. This may work well for some people, but it wasn’t really my cup of tea. That said, it would be an epic disc to give to someone you were breaking up with. This disc weighs in at 21 minutes.


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