DECAYCAST REVIEWS: COCK ESP & GINGER CORTES Split Cassette (Forever Escaping Boredom Records, 2014)
I’ve been a Cock E.S.P. fan for a lonnnnnnng time but i have never written about, or attempted to write about their music/noise/destruction, etc but with this tape, i’m going to, The side starts out with an insane bass blast low -end wall of noise and a woman’s voice, twisted, demonic, screaming and howling as it’s being choked with blood and laughter. The voice is a constant but a hellish wall of squelching noise ensues and swallows the voice into despair and hatred. The transmission is broken, and high frequency walls of nauseating piercing feedback give a bloody birth, to, what , a thumping beat, a beat???? Yes folks, thats tight, Cock E.S.P. brings the booty bass on this one. The distraught voice chugs and howls on, grabbing onto and biting through the beat until the skilled vocalist spits it out into a superhero’s afterbirth of a noise menacing, dark noise wall, screaming at and attacking the listener with unrelenting precision and terror. I do NOT want to know what was going on in the studio when this was being recorded, or maybe i do, but either way something hilarious, dark, and nauseating was the influence, oh I dunno this filth of a planet? COCK E.S.P. does what most harsh bands cant do, EVERYTHING. they bring the ultimate package of visual and aural insanity.Here’s the thing though, this is noise, but it’s done with a jazz like attention to detail, all whilst embracing the murky guts of the chaotic element of bodily fluids, chicken masks, and flying objects.
They literally NEVER let me down, even when when they’re trying to let you down, they don’t, and that’ll hopefully piss them off :) and this recording, like many I’ve heard are a testament to their hard work in the studio, in the gutter, and their blatant infatuation with and disgust with humanity… What a fucking good band, seriously, see them live, but don’t blink because it’ll be over. Like this shit inspires me. Thank you Emil Hagstrom, Jason Wade, Julia Rau, Paige Flesh, and John Vance for releasing this blatant harsh assault on my ears and mind, it was much needed.
Despite COCK E.S.P. being a very tough, and messy act to follow on the stage and on a recording, The Ginger Cortes side holds it’s own on the B side of this harsh brain jammer. GC opens up with a dark, heavy, grinding, repulsive wall of harsh decaying belt sander style harsh noise. The dark, brooding sound continues on, slaughtering the listener with an unrelenting sledgehammer of a scraping mid range springed out static attack. Ginger Cortes grinds and grinds and grinds away until the cochlear begins to flake and shred off, bleed and disappear, and then they stop. They stop for a few seconds of unknown scraping and fumbling around, and then a few sharp cuts and blasts and we’re right back into the harsh noise anus of Ginger Cortes. Quick, cutting, bloody cuts of high range feedback give splinters of disease Ridden mid-range feedback clusters, and atomic blasts of distortion,…and then ‘be a good little girl”……….?????????????? wow, what a tape, what a wild tape, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED,.
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