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Split (2000): Macho Energy

Sult/Luftkanone, split (Troniks, 2000)

[originally posted 17Sep2001]

photo credit: nogoodcause.blogspot.com

We can’t show it to you because the Internet fails us (and it’s packed away somewhere I can’t easily get to it).

I can’t think of two bands I’d be less inclined to put on a split cassette together. Sult do a kind of beat-laden not-quite-techno-not-quite-digital-hardcore most of the time, but “Human Swatting” takes the BPM up to such a level that it might as well be noise. There’s hope for this guy yet. (And the samples in “Macho Energy” are great.) Luftkanone, on the other hand, is the aural equivalent of the cheap, dirty, five-dollar crack whore who stands on the corner and tries to con schoolkids out of their lunch money to cop quick feels. It is my considered opinion that it is impossible to go wrong with anyone who would entitle a song “Horny Like a Rhino.” You may have turned up the tape player in order to dance to the Sult stuff (though dancing to beats that fast is more likely to look like a seizure), so be warned, your speakers or your eardrums, whichever is weaker, will blow when “skrm” starts up. Thick, ungainly noise, much softer than Kanone’s usual work but still hits the high notes often enough to cause pain if you’re not on your guard. “Horny Like a Rhino”: now this is the stuff. Imagine the sound of a metalgrinder cutting through a rack of full glass coke bottles, and then turn it way up and add the long drawn-out sounds of a swarm of bees puking after a long night of drinking. His side is capped off with “Sarah,” and I’m still wondering what he did with the bits he cut off in order to get some of the sounds on here. Dis good stuff! Go buy now! *** 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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