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LP comp of 1983 Broken Flag Cassettes on Harbinger Sound inc. The New Blockaders, Vortex Campaign etc.
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This is the first ever vinyl issue of a 1983 cassette from legendary UK underground noise imprint Broken Flag. It kicks off with Third Phase’s ‘Ashley Grove’ which sounds like a giant robotic bee dying a slow and painful death, gradually the noise becoming increasingly deranged. Comprised of slow motion weirdo guitar scraping and feedback. Then up next is Vortex Campaign with ‘Live Tielt / Torhout’ which has some simple almost mechanical sounding pots and pans type percussion underpinning crude and primitive screeching and squealing racket. Ramleh close the first side with ‘Live Emaciator’ in their idiosyncratic, strange style sounding like someone desperately trying to start the engine of their conked out Datsun Cherry while freezing their bollocks off on a frosty English morning. They get so pissed off they then resort to shouting blue murder into the exhaust pipe, the result is an indecipherable phazing vocal assault, sounding like Philip Best after twelve cans of Special Brew.
The New Blockaders create an almighty riot of industrial clattering, sounding like that poor chap that got taunted in the press shop who had enough, and decided to get his own back, tools in hand, bludgeoning everything in sight until a local escapee budgie flies in, lands on his shoulder, has a quiet tweet in his ear and explains it’s not worth it. He then teams up with said budgie and starts jamming with him, the budgie starts tweeting in tongues while he chucks a load of spanners about.
Citipati go for arguably the harshest sonic assault with ‘Le Couperet-2’ sounding like some kind of malfunctioning bandsaw/moped hybrid contraption. Finally Depilate Corps close the show with a short and un-sweet number with sinister undertones and vocal that sounds like the kid next door being told off by his drunken dad for taping over over his Betamax of ‘Marvellous Mature Melons 1982’.
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