The MoE trio (Guro Skumsnes Moe, Håvard Skaset and Joakim Heibø Johansen) are here joined by fellow Norwegian sound murderer Lasse Marhaug for a scorching seventy-eight minutes of red-hot burning noise rock and molten electronics destruction. 'Capsaicin' builds from ominous bass and unfurls into a mass of dense and blistering extreme sound that would strip flesh from bone, before retreating to the desolation from whence it came.
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Capsaicin, then. You’ll probably be familiar with the burning sensation this chemical compound triggers on your lips, tongue, throat, stomach… Whenever you have a bite of a chilli, in fact. It’s also the title of this here new CD on the ConradSound label. I’m already aware that this won’t be an easy listen: Norwegian noisemakers MoE are known to bring the heat to many a discerning ear and here they’ve been joined by Lasse Marhaug on electronic noise bursts to add to the doom-laden pain. But capsaicin has medicinal uses, too: used to treat muscular or joint pain when applied topically to the affected area. So will this quartet bring the soothe too? I’ll happily investigate further.
So far, so monolithic. Chunky slabs of greyscale sludge permeated with pitch black overcranked guitar and white-hot beams of bewildering noise building in mind-boggling intensity. Part One morphs into Part Two on the disc and the pain is even more intense now. Doctor, when do the analgesics kick in? Swirling, seething, squirming masses of noise continue unabated even at the intersection of ‘wtf my brains are dribbling out of my nostrils’ when a swarm of killer hornets the size of helicopters descend to put you out of your total, abject misery somewhere like the 50-minute mark of this disc. You’re at Part Three and 26 minutes remain before anything like sweet relief can arrive.
Nope, just pain; just as it should be, perhaps. Please remember to wash your hands, before and after going to the toilet otherwise, ouch. As you well know by now.
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