from a very promising artist. 30 minutes of rumble
heavy harsh noise with bursts of shrill feedback.
Ending it with a 10 minute drone track. Excellent
Pro CD-R release.
Cardboard slipcase. Limited to 100 copies.
- I (CD by Syzmic Records)
Syzmic Records is a brand new Wisconsin based US-label
that focuses on music of the dark side counting
harsh noise, power electronics, industrial and dark
ambient. The very first album of label comes from
a composer calling himself Custodian. Judged by
the title "I" present album is the first album and
it would be unfair to accuse it for being expressionally
modest: Less than thirty of full throttle noise
divided into eight smaller chunks of sonic brutality.
Not extremely innovating, on the contrary this is
an album to be remembered for its lack of sonic
The One True Dead Angel
-- I [Syzmic Records]
Now this is swell: eight tracks of crunchy, no-frills
noise, violent exercises in screeching pedal-fu
delivered with a complete lack of pretension and
the ferocity of a lunatic beating people to death
with a hammer. It may or may not be "art," but it
sure makes an excellent auditory exfoliant. The
tracks are untitled, short, and diabolically focused;
the entire album (eight tracks total) plays out
in less than thirty minutes, just enough time to
give you a sonic beating you'll remember without
becoming tiresome in the process. There's nothing
here you haven't heard before, sure, but innovation
is hardly the point with noise; the point is peeling
your face off one layer at a time with the widest
variety of sick tones and howling dissonance, and
in that respect this album succeeds in spectacular
fashion. This is power-electronics descended from
the original movement, which was far less concerned
with art than with sonic brutality. The simple but
effective cover art doesn't hurt, either.
noise from the home of serial murderer and cannibal
Ed Gein. In the howling one-man wall of noise tradition,
Custodian brings eight untitled tracks of painful
live noise and power electronics. Never once does
he break into beats or a chorus, it's just no frills
actions between violent screams and pounding collisions.
Custodian will most certainly appeal to fans of
new school kings of Harsh Noise such as Prurient
and Wolf Eyes, but with a fairly original aesthetic
and a sound that never ventures into imitation of
any one other artist.
This release is harsh and filled with feedback through
the entire 30 minute duration. For the style of
music that this is in, it is a varied and interesting
release that is full of personality. With no song
titles or iconic artwork to go on, Custodian brings
a surprisingly large amount of originality to the
table that makes this release very enjoyable to
listen to. This artist seems to be purely interested
in the harsh audio treatments that he is bestowing
upon the listener and little else.
Track 8 opens with a little something different,
an intro that is a little bit more dynamic, and
quickly coalesces into several harsh noise squalls
vying for importance. They meet in a very pleasant
crunching sort of bass sound that carries the majority
of the power within the track. For a release that
has a very minimal name and almost no artwork, this
really stands out as an interesting noise release.
This is an artist that we will hopefully be hearing
more from, and this release comes highly recommended
for those who enjoy harsh crunching electronics
like Black Leather Jesus as well as histrionic one-man
screaming noise such as Prurient. Minimal harsh
electronics that are primarily very abrasive and
high pitched, with a really killer last track to
tie it all together.
I hope that it is a picture of things to come, because
a more dynamic release by this artist would be very
interesting to hear. Seek out and find this release,
and ask for more, and hopefully Custodian will stay
faithful to this level of quality.