Saturday, July 23, 2011

SICK LLAMA / MSHING SPLIT C32 CASSETTE

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(PRESSING LIMITED TO 100 COPIES ON PRO CASSETTES WITH XEROX ARTWORK SPLIT LABEL RELEASE BETWEEN TRAPDOOR TAPES & MAGIC CROWBAR 2011)

Sick Llama’s side of this split tape is machinistic noise performance with a workers’ vibe—it sounds like the sound of grueling toil, which is pretty brutal.  Explosions, massive creaking, and distorted squeals punctuate a noisy stasis that evokes steam and molten metals.
Trapdoor Tapes mainstay Mshing’s side is a bit less evocative and more of a tempest.  There are occasional voices amidst the harsh and unbroken wall of sound, but mostly this is just blasting away until it abruptly cuts to a more staticky, eternal drone piece.
(By Travis Bird, foxydigitalis.com)
6/10

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