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- Sonic Instruments of War by Kerridge
8/10 Ant Staff review, 13 July 2015
‘Sonic Instruments of War #2’ on the A side of the 7” is the tune with the amens that Kerridge has been dropping in his recent live shows. Well at least he did when he played in this neck of the woods. It sounds like some old Renegade Hardware or Technical Itch Tech-step sorta gear slowed right down with a big gnarly flame thrower synth that gets filtered and distorted, descending into a tiny particle and returning as a black hole. When the kicks hammer on the snippets of amen breaks it’s pretty pummelling. Reminds me of an old Justin K. Broadrick thing and one of them Demdike Stare Test Pressing 12”s and all. You get the picture.
Kerridge picks up the mic for ‘Sonic Instruments of War #2’. I’ve no idea what he’s saying at all. He could be shouting “...Shag your Granny” for all I know and here I am nodding in agreement like a big numpty to blasts of power electronics. Same vibe as the ‘Always Offended Never Ashamed’ album on this one, recalling S.P.K., Pan Sonic etc.
8/10 Alex Buttonhead Customer review, 19th August 2015
Since I bought this my feelings on the better track on this fun little slice of dread have entirely reversed. I originally bought it for the slow amen track on the a-side which, don't get me wrong, is a great track but now feels a little directionless overall and seems to be placed at a bpm which half makes me want to start fiddling with the pitch control to speed it up a little. The general growling churning mass of it though is quite appealing and I certainly hope it sparks similar pitched down hypnotic amen dread-a-thons in the future.
The b-side, however, is absolutely fantastic. Like being plunged into pitch darkness over and over again, it's mainly just a wall of ever-growing rhythmical bursts of noise. Gaining more and more detail and complexity as the intensity grows, Kerridge sees fit to chuck in some incomprehensible shouting in the background which I'm pretty sure contains the word 'fucking' somewhere in there. Seeing as I'm partial to a bit of incomprehensible swearing at the best of times this works wonders on me. Simple but incredibly effective. If you like things gloomy, moody and a little terrifying then wrap your gaping maw of infinite dread around this one.
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