Bastard Noise - _Analysis of Self Destruction_
(Alien8 Recordings, 2000)
by: Gabriel Sanchez (9 out of 10)
This has been sitting in my "to review" pile for ages now. After giving it a virgin run on my CD player upon initial receipt, I backed off making a detailed assessment out the realization that given my overall views of noise at the time, my commentary would be overly biased and perhaps largely uninteresting. To clear the air on another issue, let it be said Bastard Noise will never take the gold, silver, or bronze in the "harshness" or "dynamics" competitions. It would be foolish for a listener to expect such triumphs from an act which deliberately fails to compete in those areas. Bastard Noise is all about meshing a darkness in tone with minimalism of sound. Sometimes they drift in, other times they float about. They order their sounds to achieve their ends of conceptualizing the bleakness of existence through an artistic medium seldom few ever attach a shred of meaning to. There is a cold emptiness in the works of Bastard Noise that may be longing in there (somewhere) for a ray of hope... of warmth. The group seems decidedly set on offering none, however. Nihilistic, the world drifts through time without meaning; more pain in a day than pleasure in a lifetime. Bastard Noise knows this. It may never escape their minds that humanity is capable of such good and beauty, their eyes and ears are ever transfixed on the rot we so gleefully bathe in. For a noise group... any group to offer such bleakness in their sounds alone does not happen often. Few have the courage to peel back the layers, abstract their socially constructed ordered thinking patterns, and come to grips with sound what life around them really is. Bastard Noise has done that before, and for the sake of a humanity that could care even less about their message than they do the implications of it, they do it yet again.


(article published 19/10/2001)

11/19/1998 G Sanchez 6.5 Bastard Noise - If it Be Not True
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