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- Life (...It Eats You Up) by Mika Vainio
9/10 Ant Staff review, 22 July 2011
Whoa! Another heavyweight sonic bomb from the unstoppable Editions Mego Cannon. On this occasion we have Mika Vainio picking up the guitar as his weapon of choice and what an intense blast it is. Beginning with the most sinister thirteen minute opener 'In Silence A Scream Takes A Heart' the mood is intense and threatening until midway through the track, then it hits; a big doomy, hellish funeral march that's strangely disorientating. I like to think the next one 'Throat' is powerful enough to make people throw up during its short duration. It begins with high pitches then big dense textural granular blasts and squalling sculpted feedback. 'Mining' is somewhat of a surprise with its heavy Pan Sonic beats and panning/ backwards feedback. 'Napaleon' is a right load of racket that precedes a very strange, well spaced out almost dubbed up cover of The Stooges 'Open Up And Bleed'. A totally fantastic version which also sits nicely midway through the album, sorta splitting it in half with some relief from the sonic brutality. Next up Crash is a spacious very lonely feeling track with somber understated guitar that sounds like it's being played in a cave. 'And Give Us Our Daily Humiliation' is a slow motion, darkened electro-doomer that sounds like its falling apart, barely held together as its component parts; beats and fuzzed up guitar appear to be dropping off of it and then scattily reattached while another piece falls off. 'Cage' is a short track filled with static and what sounds like Vainio and his cat singing through piezo pick ups. 'Conquering The Solitude' begins with smothered guitar racket that eventually gets uncovered to reveal some full on fuzz, then gets the black cloak thrown on it for a while then a big blast of steamy sound hits, like the opening of a high pressure valve and then things switch into Sunn O))) terrain. 'A Ravenous Edge' is a dramatic closer, propelled by snail pace beats and grim, decaying walls of darkside downer guitar which end in near silence and some extreme high frequencies, just in case your ears weren't pummeled enough. Awesome material and of course highly recommended.
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