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An Exercise in Self-Worship (2001): Gather the Cultists

Rosemary Malign and the Eugenics Council/Facialmess, An Exercise in Self-Worship 7″ (Menschenfeind, 2001)

[originally posted 17Sep2001]

Watch where you stick that thing! photo credit: discogs.com

Watch where you stick that thing!
photo credit: discogs.com

Three long-ish tracks from two of the planet’s least politically correct bands (and we’re the better for that). Surprisingly low-key material from both—Facialmess tends to be unpredictable from release to release, and you never know what you’re going to get, but EC really goes beyond what we’ve heard from them in the past here. Give the pair some time to work with (as opposed to their usual sonic forays, which tend to be extremely short and painful—in a good sense, mind you) and they develop senses of dynamic, pitch, and even, god help us, organic rhythm. In true wall-o-noise fashion, things shift, rise, fall, twist, and lend a scree of order to the chaos of static in which they’re born and die. Gives the sense of being in a soundproof room on the ground floor in a building undergoing a scheduled demolition in time-lapse reality. Lovely. *** ½

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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