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- Split by Yellow Swans/ Oakeater
8/10 Brian Staff review, 05 January 2012
The first side I slap on of this ominous looking record takes the form of an industrial rumble/churning grind topped with a darkly enticing electronic pulse that echoes like a warning beacon in a damp disused mine. It gives way to an interlude of spooked dark ambience and creepy feedbacking shimmers before doom-laden guitar growls reverberate and ricochet deep into your psyche. Ending with a coruscating drone-noir piece that is as sinister and merciless as you could wish for. That is the sound of Oakeater from Chicago. Now for a side-long treat from the increasingly important and now sadly defunct Yellow Swans project which folded just as it was really starting to prick-up ears around the world. After a brief tangle of amped-up cosmic aggression some pitch-bent electronic sounds whip disconcertingly amongst the frame of a brief ambient ponderland before that stunning avalanche of demented bastard-psych comes crashing back into your ears, sounding like a tsunami of volcanic lava bleeding into your brain. This is some of the fiercest noise I've heard but within the heart of it lies something incredibly profound and cleansing. This isn't blackened hateful wall noise like old Prurient or Whitehouse but more in line with the thrilling wild chaos of some New Blockaders gear or the psych-tinged roof-busting racket kicked out by Matthew Bower. Proper great stuff that sounds like a portal opening in the Earth's core. You need it, go on flatten your preconceptions of sound once again, what a mad record!
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