Violence And The Sacred ‎– The Song Of Labrador

Artware Production ‎– ARTWARE 06
CD, Album, Limited Edition


1 The Song Of Labrador 24:07
2 Dick's Cock 11:28
3 Three Dogs 7:02
4 Nya Nya 3:18
5 ...Quietly...Nothing 5:32



Music performed for the most part by Graham Stewart and Ted Wheeler, 1989-91.
Wrapped in a map and hand-numbered limited to 500.



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June 4, 2012
This album consists of just five pieces, but most of them are lengthy. It comes close to the Japanese Pure Noise sound while remaining a lot more creative & structured. This is not to say they are not capable of ear-blistering, just that they can contrast it, using harsh sounds without losing structure. The first track, taking the title "The Song Of Labrador" grows up from a booming hoop of bass to reach synthetics, all around a sustained sound, a little like short wave radio, only less fractured. This structure decays to allow another to take it's place, a deep, repeating phrase like well-contained feedback is punctuated by shrill screeches of sound while echo sustains into a thin texture in the background. A series of popping sounds - probably loops - grow through it, not rhythmic in the traditional sense, but repetitive. After this dies away, another piece, with grizzling electronics like potentially lethal electronic soup forms the foundation for the electronics which seem on the verge of explosion. Through this is a flat drum pattern which, seemingly out-of-place in the ever-expanding soup of noise, nevertheless makes a logical edition somehow. And the sounds grow, massing in furious electronic power, threatening to consume the listener in their fiery mass fury. To be honest, it reminds me of ANTONYM's "Shapeshifter" in it's ever-changing sound mass, although is probably better. The next piece has high-pitches which irritate over a very minimal structure, which changes into a brewing swamp of noise, boiling with inner tension. Following this comes a high-pitched 'tune' which is a complex amalgam of sounds, all welded into an odd little sequence like fish within an oddly-shaped tank. It's clever how it all seems to fit together, found sounds & massed noise within a recognizable structure. The next piece once more uses nasty, dissonant sounds to create an intriguing sound structure, drawing the first track to a noisy but fascinating close, almost 25 minutes into the album. "Dick's Cock" is a far more dense thing, nasty noises massing in a cacophonic collection which is ever-changing, kaleidescope-like, if you could imagine the rumbling of house-sized boulders falling upn busy motorways, or planes colliding in mid-air as an equivalent to pretty, colourful shapes. It never reaches the impenetrable density of many within the Pure Noise scene, and is one hell of a lot more interesting because of this. Always moving, no two seconds sounding the same, this is the sound to drive people mad to - always the chance of growing suddenly subtle & melodic, chance!!! "Three Dogs" is perhaps the most interesting piece on the album - using wild Pure Noise to create a regular structure - a rhythm of crackles & crunches, whines & explosions. Part of it changes, speeding away, leaving the main body of the 'tune' in a mad dash for freedom. A fascinating structure which I cannot really compare to anything I know. "Nya Nya" uses massed sound once more, again liberally dressed with interesting electronic sounds which al gather around it to form a rugh, primative rhythmic structure. Short & simple, yet migraine-inducing. The album closes on "...Quietly...Nothing" which is a more passive piece - a synthetic imitation of snoring over a pacifying hum of dark warmth. Simple & minimal, it is the antithesis of the rest of the album & a way of de-toxing into normality. I've got to say that I enjoyed this better than I have ever enjoyed the more extreme side of Industrial. There's enough noise in there to keep the most keen deafness-jockey happy while managing to actually push boundries forward by using loose structures instead of just loose! Not easy listening, but vital for those who like their sound strong & experimental.

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.