Kevin Drumm ‎– Relief

Editions Mego ‎– EDITIONS Mego 137
Vinyl, LP, 45 RPM


A Relief 18:51
B1 Relief 17:52
B2 Untitled 0:50

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Recorded 2012 at Worse Than Burning Offal studio.
Mastered at Ninth Circle Studios.

Contains insert (postcard-size) with cover image on one side and credits on the other.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Sticker, As printed): 9 120020 389341
  • Barcode (Sticker, String): 9120020389341
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A, Etched): eMEGO 137 A ≠ D&m
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B, Etched): eMEGO 137 B ≠ D&m 45 rpm.
  • Matrix / Runout (Label, Side A Identifier): EDITIONS Mego 137A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label, Side B Identifier): EDITIONS Mego 137B

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
Editions Mego 137 Kevin Drumm Relief(File, MP3, 320) Editions Mego Editions Mego 137 Austria 2012



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December 19, 2012
If you’re going to listen to noise this year, listen to Relief. I’ll admit that noise is not the easiest of genres to consume. Its overpowering, statically charged electricity, penetrates the cranium and tickles the inside. With its high frequency slab of solid vibrations, the sound demolishes all in its way. But in the process it also clears the mind, leaving it empty, hollow and blank. In this role, noise can be cleansing, antiseptic, and purifying, allowing the music to be born anew. Like a forest fire, obliterating everything in its path, it can be devastating, yet life-giving at the same time. Like an annihilating flood, destroying all of your possessions, it can also free you of being possessed. So even in the landscape dominated by ambiance, sometimes one needs a little noise. Kevin Drumm can be the force behind that sound. The Chicago based avant-garde guitarist is a well known name throughout the scene. His immense discography is peppered with collaborations, splits, and solo releases, dating back to 1997. In 2012 alone, Drumm managed to put out fourteen records, ten of which he self-released on limited edition CDrs and cassettes. We also witnessed him collaborating with Mika Vainio, Axel Dörner and Lucio Capece on Venexia for Pan, an experimental record, titled Crowded for a Polish based Bocian Records, and this 12″ EP for Editions Mego. Just as described, the thirty-six minute piece is a screeching, howling monster, shrieking over a suffocating guitar melody somewhere beneath the piercing prickle of sound, driving my neighbor a little insane in the wee hours of the morning. The delivered experience is a “hypnotic roller coaster ride through the terrain of [Drumm's] unique vision. A haunted melody pinned to a bed of nails. A spinning ride through aural spaces.” Hold on to your chair. You’re gonna need a stronger seat belt to withstand…