Monday, 10 June 2013

Alberich - Machine Gun Nest: Cassette Works, Vol. 0 (Hospital Productions)

Machine Gun Nest: Cassette Works, Vol. 0 - what a bleedin' racket - ear-bleeding racket - so much so that the workman in the street who was drilling as if trying to compete gave up - ha! Kris Lapke, Hospital's engineer, knows how to fine-tune electronic fire, spraying audio lead all over us...and we like it, well, I do, when I'm in the mood.

And sure enough, art imitated Life (or the other way 'round) when 'Image Of Progress' just happened to play whilst the workman was still tearing up the tarmac. It's one of the best tracks on this compilation - that's very best, not just one I happen to like because it doesn't contain the rabid Dalek vocals, although that's true too. When Lapke exterminates legibility vocal-wise, perhaps that's a good thing. He may, after all, just be ranting about how his Mum pissed him off by refusing to take that basket of washing...though that seems unlikely.

So the Vatican Shadow/Alberich axis of power continues to perpetrate sonic war crimes against all that is saccharine and blood-sucking about modern Pop. If their means and mythology lack subtlety, they make up for that by brutally forceful deployment.

Another piece of music featuring machine-gun imagery...and the acoustic equivalent of Alberich in the form of Peter Brotzmann's saxophone-as-heavy-artillery...

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