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The Cathode Terror Secretion - S/T
Wednesday, July 01 2009 @ 03:00 AM PDT
Contributed by: Vargr Wulf

Self-Titled

Artist: The Cathode Terror Secretion United States

Title: Self-Titled

Label: Accretion Disk United States

Genre: Power Electronics/ Noise

Track Listing:

01 Methamphetamine Coliseum
02 The Viral Placation
03 American Bravado Decimation
04 Holy Medicine
05 Faith Receiver (Vessel)

Another winner from Accretion Disk. This thing is a 3” CD (generally a big source of contentment from my sector), about 5 minutes long, and contains a guy screaming throughout the duration of it, and it is completely incredible. It is so short that it stopped just as I finished that last sentence. Somewhat akin to an ethereally brutal noise version of 90's grind psychoschizomaniac groups such as Agoraphobic Nosebleed and early Locust (like, only their 1st LP, when the Cattle Decapitation drummer was still in the band). Not to say that this is gimmicky or anything. The lyrics are pretty cool, and they are all written out very clearly in a beautiful font. There is a moment in “American Bravado Decimation” where it sounds as if the intergalactic harsh noise commission is attempting to send these guys a fax in the middle of some kind of primal scream therapy.

“Faith Receiver (Vessel)” just opens with distant yelling samples and a loud metallic ringing buzz. The vocals are processed through a multitude of effects so that they sound completely brutal and inhuman. The noise is consistently engaging. I cannot stress how incredibly short this release is, yet every single time I go back to listen to these very packed recordings I hear completely different sections that I was not previously aware of. It is unusual to have as many lyrics in this type of music as this group does, and the topics are very well-thought out and the words are sincere and heartfelt.

It is hard to believe that this is a duo, as it has a depth of sound that sounds like the work of a larger group. The aforementioned grindcore feel is present in the pacing and chaotic structure of the songs, but these tracks are in no way retro or familiar. This is a really refreshing project from people who are very good at what they do, and seem to really enjoy the process. The only complaint would be length, because even on these tiny 3” CDs you can fit about fifteen minutes of music. Definitely look forward to hearing more releases from this group. There is a lot of potential here, and I would be really curious to see what sort of abominations these guys would fill up a full-length release with. Fantastic!

     



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