Flesh Puppets – Medusa & Vomir/Graham Young – Split (third sex, 2010)

Posted in Graham Young, third sex, Vomir by HOLIDAYS on May 31, 2010

Flesh Puppets – Medusa

Of all the recordings Richard Ramirez could have rereleased, I’m glad he and third sex decided to resurrect this one. Originally released on Ramirez’ label Deadline Recordings in 1990, Medusa is described as a tribue to underground gay/bi S&M weekly. According to Discogs, there may only be 10 original copies in existence, with this rerelease making 333 copies on CD available.

Medusa is a very cold and dark album, and from what I’ve seen of the culture, I’d say it does a good job of complementing what it’s attributing itself to. It could be the sounds Sade heard in his head while writing, or the music in the background of “The Rectum,” in Noe’s Irreversible– it’s self-indulged with a lack  emotion like an act of submission, or domination.

From straight-up in-hale, ex-hale sounds to thick walls of harsh noise, Medusa carries a lot over the span of three tracks. The artwork is excellent- a bit pixelated, but still very arousing, and once again, very complimentary to the subject matter. Head to your unfinished basement, toss on a zipper-mouth mask, mute your porn, and give this one a spin.

Vomir/Graham Young – Split

I’ve been told by harsh noise wall artists to listen to HNW like that of a drone or ambient piece- slow moving, but thick and harsh. Both artists deliver, laying down thick slabs of harsh noise that you can really submerse yourself into. I’ve heard a couple releases from Vomir before, and it seems that while sounding alike from release to release- granted, I don’t listen to them one-by-one in a row- that they all deliver this same feeling of overwhelming sound. The same goes for Graham Young as well- just a relentless onslaught of sound. Both give 30 minutes of  slowly churns that are drawn out over long movements. With close attention, you start to hear some real dynamics buried deep within the sound that really keep your ear tuned throughout the duration of the entire tape.

The tape itself is wonderful- a bit hard to decipher what exactly the artwork is, but I mean the actual tape itself is perfect- charcoal gray- heavy, etc. Definitely recommended to HNW fans, as third sex has done a great job of pairing two artists that complement each others sound very well. Still great for those outside of the genre, but it may just be shelved after the first listen.

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Redglaer – Petals & Scars (third sex, 2010)

Posted in Redglaer, third sex by HOLIDAYS on May 23, 2010

While anticipating something ambient and blissful, what I heard instead is one of the heaviest slabs on tape I’ve heard in awhile. Imagine 60 minutes of sonic experimentation that pulls all your picture frames off the walls, and rattles your glass cabinets- that’s “Petals and Scars”.

The first side gives us tons of rumbling low end feedback accompanied higher sounds of scraping and rattlings, all of which come in and out in gracious long strands with solid moments of silence between- sometimes coming in catching you off guard with each reprise of sound. Each time, the sounds become slightly more energetic, introducing more altered sounds from the same sources.

The second side begins abruptly with a thud, into a long, heavy drone. Slow, yet dynamic, the drone is occasionally accompanied by some small amounts of high-end feedback and some sporadic clanking. Half way through, the tape ceases the low-end massage and replaces it with oscillating chirps, punches of harsh noise and feedback that turns into more-so waves of harsh noise on top of more low-end droning. For a bit, the feedback ends and rather eerie sounds like that of rusty hinges, knife sharpening and random clatter begin, all concluding with more, dense harsh sounds.

By far, this is the most charming looking tape to grace my shelf. Audibly speaking, it’s- once again- one of the heaviest. I absolutely recommend this to people appreciative of sounds of a heavier nature and those interested in low-end, feedback experimentation.

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