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Jliat - Now That's What I Call Noise Volume 15
Monday, December 01 2008 @ 01:00 AM PST
Contributed by: Vargr Wulf

Now That\'s What I Call Noise Volume 15

Artist: Jliat United Kingdom

Title: Now That's What I Call Noise Volume 15

Label: Larks Council Of England United Kingdom

Genre: Noise

Tracklist:

01 Untitled
02 Untitled
03 Untitled
04 Untitled
05 Untitled
06 Untitled
07 Untitled
08 Untitled


This is fifteenth in a series of compact discs each containing eight four-minute tracks of harsh noise. This one features cover art paying homage to that of Led Zepplin's untitled fourth record, as well as a piece of paper with a picture of an ipod on it. This is all very off-putting, but not nearly as much as the actual music contained on this disc. In the style of many nineties noise releases, this is just pure, unedited and unstructured noise for the sake of it. Loud thundering rumble mixed with occasional laser zaps. For people who are into this sort of thing, this is about as orthodox to this style as you can get. If you want a full CD of harsh noise, no frills or additional affectations, this is an assuredly satisfying purchase for you.

However, do not expect any kind of dynamics or theme. This is monomaniacal harshness, the sort of thing that you expect to hear when people talk about noise music. I would compare this in some ways to old Macronympha releases, but there is usually a lot more going on in that groups tracks. Of all of the things on here, I most enjoyed the first three tracks, they blend together very well. In fact, I did not realize that tracks had changed until track four.

If you do not like completely formless and abrasive noise, you will definitely not like this CD. There is not much here in the way of depth or personality. Just harsh and abrasive noise. It is interesting to see how often noise artists use parodies of already existing artwork from popular releases for their albums in this post-modern age. Is it evidence of culture in decline, or just the ever-present voice of the unimaginative? If the music on here is any indication, I opt with the latter.

     


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