Saturday, 22 June 2013


Year:    2015
Country:    US
City:    Boston
Artist:    Lex Russo
Label:    Divergent Series
Format:    cassette
Edition:  70 copies
Tracks:    8
Time:  60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:               Death Industrial

VEHEMENT CARESS long-awaited full-length release of vitriolic drone, scathing noise, and shambling death industrial has finally been expelled into the ether, as the 20th edition on Boston Tape Label, Divergent Series! Frailty is a smoldering landscape, teeming with relentless despair and bitter misanthropy in which Vehement Caress conjures blistering texture and incantation, extolling the inevitable collapse of human "civilization" by it's own hand. Available immediately as a digital album and Limited Edition Cassette.
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"Deceive​ / ​Emasculate"
Year:    2013
Country:    US
City:    Boston
Artist:    Lex Russo
Label:    Apicult Recordings
Format:    cassette
Tracks:    10
Time:    55 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Death Industrial

This is a typic man with something to say and something to do, that one day took 5 distortion pedals, one micro and it started to make noise and more noise until to get the completly definition of "harsh noise". His sound is metalized, industrialized and dirty, is very harsh, harsh, harsh... but not "wall". Every moment you can listen to different distortion, modulations, effects, reverbs, etc. It's not too fast nor slow. It's only harsh. There are a few song more power electronics, because the musicians scream with all his strong. And, of course, is naturally to think about the old noise industrial bands from the 80's like Maurizio Bianchi or the first Merzbow's albums. After have listen to the cassette I was going to see some "youtube"'s and really it's very good to see Vehement Cares in live, very nice performances. A part this tape (I think, the better) this man from Boston has edited another stuff into another styles such as: synth-sound, ambient, drone, experimenta... I mean not always he makes noise, sometimes he makes "peacefull" sound. I didn't known this musician but now I think is recommended to listen to a little bit more to know him better. Besides it seem in live he demonstrate a good noise fest. Good.
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"Existential squalor"
Year:    2012
Country:    US
City:    Boston
Label:    Mineral Tapes
Format:    cassette
Tracks:    4
Time:    45 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Death Industrial

Yet more work from Boston’s finest Vehement Caress. It’s a project that is continuing to expand his sound and styles. Where the last release reviewed here was Flawed Eternity – a drone album dabbling in powerful synth atmospheres – now Existential Squalor brings back the lo-fi noise and power electronics in full force. Side A is really enjoyable with a handful of tracks that are quite varied. Ranging from throbbing power electronics with hateful vocal attacks to sampled speeches accompanied by noise loops and building swashes of sound. Yet side A contrasts with side B where we are presented with one long harsh noise track running the gamut of passages from wall noise to crunchy lo-fi mastery and overdriven distortion. It’s simple and primitive, yet also effective. The recording quality of this tape is more lo-fi than any previous Vehement Caress recording. I’m not sure that’s such a good thing as some of the impact is taken away. But it also seems to match the concept here which can be appreciated. Still good work, and I’d love to see this re-released as a CD or CDr to get the best quality for the tracks. (*NOTE this review was writen HERE).
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