Government Alpha - _Q_
(Spite, 1999)
by: Gabriel Sanchez (8 out of 10)
For some reason, I am in a really strange mood when it comes to noise lately, so perhaps my reviews are going to be loaded to the brim with bias and unevenness abound. Either way, I'll just make a quick comment here... THIS TAPE FUCKING RULES. Man, am I hyper or what? But then again, this is noise that one can get hyper to as it is 46 minutes of absolutely beautiful harsh electronic madness from one of the best artists to come out of Japan's new brew melting pot of noise. The high end stuff is ear piercing and the low end stuff just rumbles your guts until you almost want to throw up (but in that good kind of way). How can you go wrong with a recording that actually forces your stereo unit to let loose sounds that contort and alter your physical being? In a day and age when the noise field is being filled to the brim with piece of shit power electronic artists all trying to "out dark" the other by using 25 minutes of lame, boring, monotonic sounds, it is refreshing to get your ass truly kicked by something that actually required a bit of THOUGHT and, uhm... ORIGINALITY, and, oh yeah, SKILL (you got that, all you lame fucking noise artists out there?). EVERYONE IN THE POWER ELECTRONICS SCENE MUST DIE! OK, enough of this... I'm sure this off base is going to leak into my other reviews this issue. Anyhow, buy the damn tape because it's Government Alpha... it's harsh noise that whips the hell out of anything Merzbow has put out in three years... and what the hell else do you have to spend $5 on? Thanks.

Contact: Spite, PO Box 51653, Kalamazoo, MI 49005-1653, USA

(article published 19/5/1999)

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