DECAYCAST Reviews: UNSUSTAINABLE SOCIAL CONDITION “Pleasure Seeking Pacifists” (Phage Tapes, 2018)
Oxen label head-honcho Matt Purse is back at it again with another no holds barred harsh noise ripper, released by another veteran in the harsh/death/industrial hellscape, MN based imprint Phage Tapes.
“Pleasure Seeking Pacifists” comes right out of the gate with alienating brutality, not even wasting a second on some unnecessary intro and belts right out of the speakers with crunchy, ear splitting harsh noise with very little variation. To the casual or unsuspecting listener, sections of this cassette could potentially even fall under HNW category, though i think not to the discerning listener as their is some pretty interesting variations happening if you can make them out once the blood crusts over dried crispy inside the listeners ear and an entire dead sea of chaotic violent manipulations of the sounds become more articulated and present .
Thick scraping nails pull against a dead chalk board which shimmers into the listeners ear with a whistle meaning its time to eat the static and then death is the logical next step. This cassette is unrelenting, it;s the style of undulating static, mid-high frequency harsh noise that I would blast on the subway to alienate the morning commute into isolation, Did I say relentless yet? Because it is. Brutal, pummeling and alienating . This is top notch psychedelic noise. Purse holds nothing back with this sonic assault and with each release, further solidifying himself as one of the masters of new North American Harsh noise. Short review for a short but HIGHLY IMPACTFUL release. Highly recommended.
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