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James Plotkin has delved into his archives and exhumed a bunch of previously unreleased, home-recorded, instrumental demos for his 1996 album ‘The Joy Of Disease’, which was released on John Zorn’s Avant imprint. They form an interesting sort of alternative version of the album which stands up in its own right. The man's skills are without question - honed through early years playing in grindcore bands and subsequent years as a prolific producer. He’s been an extremely busy chap over the years, playing in O.L.D, Lotus Eaters, Khanate, Khlyst etc. Plus solo outings as Atomsmasher and so on.
There are tons things happening on this record as genres are blurred into mutant forms; the crushing metal riff repetition of ‘Casual Murder’, the swirling psychedelic krautrock of ‘Red Plateau’, the obliterated funk of ‘Yes Well No’. The dark ambient of closing track ‘Our Transformation’ is like being sucked up into some sort of vortex that has manifested in the room while the music that was previously playing is still hovering in the air and gets hoovered up as it passes the ears on its way into this micro black hole. The deal closer is the CD which includes remixes by Plotkin himself plus Mick Harris appearing as himself and as Scorn, plus an unused ambient demo and abandoned eleven-minute sketch.
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