DecayREVIEWS: Cerebral Roil “Cloven Hoof Stomp” Feral Fang Media , 2011)

While west coast noise vagabond Cerebral Roil has done some pretty memorable/dangerous/ and low key – aside from a few small print run editions of split CDRs and compilations, this is the only Cassette I can muster up – which is a shame because the recordings are quite nice.

side A of “Cloven Hoof Stomp” opens up with nervous tick harsh distorted menacing fuzz, distortion and chaos. Which is no surprise – ear splitting mix and whatever else feeding back – an axe connected to a giant spring and a turntable saw are sole of CxRx more unique looking and menacing sounding custom made instruments (which we are at decaycast usually have a soft spot for). the danger of enduring a split open head and or concussion grenade explode during the listening to the cassette is quite unlikely, (though we have resided in Oakland before) which makes one be able to delve into the sound a bit more, without fear of laceration.

The b side is more along a similar harsh noise theme of speaker ripping harsh noise of psychosis. Menecing ear wrenching high pitched tones slowly but surely saw an X along the back of the neck of the listener and eventually decapitation is inevitable.

This tape bleeds sounds of an insanic cave , deep in a trench, plotting revenge. this tape is harsh sounds, but often a few times the recording Is a bit overdriven, and then if backs off and more clarity is present, but it works well as a push pull and isn’t so blown out that it totally annihilates the entire mix it’s just a bit HOT in the red is all- works for the sounds, but the tracks overall could use a bit of dynamics to push the loud parts louder, and give a break to the ear This cassette is short and sweet noise blaster of serial killer feedback psychotic brain loop noise. A must have for all the “true crime” and “fantastical psychotic workshop training camp hazing music fans” . Overall, a solid release , all the sounds are pretty interesting in the harsh sense – blasted out noise – s – a solid release overall though, will be seeking out more from CxRx.

written by: Malo



CHARM & STRANGE “Jams” 3” CDr (No label) 2011

CHARM & STRANGE “Jams” 3” CDr (No label) 2011


OK. so let me say  first off before we  even get to the music, this is the  FIRST RELEASE  EVER  that I  have seen that comes with a JAR OF  FUCKING HOMEMADE JAM. Yes  Jam, I believe it was mixed berry? strawberry-rasberry? not  sure but it was  just as  delicious as the sounds on this little number. The 3” CDr came  affixed to the top of a mason jar of jam (pic coming soon), I think the  first edition was 13/ and  they sold out within minutes??? at a performance in downtown Oakland,  CHARM & STRANGE is a  duo from Oakland, CA consisting of Angie (Sharkiface, PITG, etc) and Julia Mazawa (Nice Ass  Industries) This is a live show recorded from Life Changing Ministries In Oakland, CA 2010. Opens up with creekly, noir like howlings, distant  trumpets ?? and plucks of  horror decay into warbling records delayed and delayed. Homemade pops and  crackles, turn into the  creeks and cracks of doors into a distorted landscape of uncertainties, you may be STABBED  at any second, or  maybe you’ll just walk  out alive- stumbling, alone, delusional and schitzophrenic. A Slow pulsing  drone shifts in and out of a  almost chopped and  screwed broken jazz like trumpet and oboe sounding stuff,  churning painos being pushed and pulled over the ledge of an old attic floor, glass  tings of  one way  mirrors reverberating to a uncomfortablw put perfect pitch,  and  then STOP. Silence. O  sorry to inform you,  you might already dead. #Justsayin. There’s  subtle bass throbs that ooze in and out of the  creeky landscape, and then a screeching howl, and then a bass  crunch transforms into looped popcorn being sucked down the drain of ones throat in slow motion. and it ENDS, just like that.

Charm & Strange is a A  MUST  for  fans of ambient textured Horror OST slowed down played through a wind vacuum trumpet machine. Catch this due  live for a  taste of the  sweet jams. and really folks, the CD  came  with  fucking  delicious homemade jam IN CASE YOU FORGOT,   TOP  THAT.

Nice Ass Industries