Saturday, February 28, 2009

Agoraphobic Nosebleed - PCP Torpedo/ANbRX (V)

As of this record - Agoraphobic Nosebleed is direct and brutal. They take advantage of the punishing power of the drum machines and build fast, effective tracks that are over as soon as the point is made. And better yet, this release is half remixes. Excellent remixes.

Admittedly, most of the time it's nigh impossible to make any connection between the remixes and the original tracks, but a mix of hardcore/speedcore and noise makes an effective combination with the so-called cybergrind Agoraphobic Nosebleed makes. The original tracks blast through and leave a mark, then the remixes keep the energy up and build interest through their varied distinct styles and artistic voices. Ah, the advantage of having Relapse on your side.

And this makes me want to give speedcore another chance. I was disappointed on my first attempt with a Neophyte best-of, but I see some actual potential here. And the glitchy chaos James Plotkin inserts - I might prefer an album of this to Khlyst. Might. Jansky Noise's remix is fucking brutal. And Justin Broadrick seems to have made Agoraphobic Nosebleed into a slow, crushing industrial band. I didn't know that was possible. And Masami Akita made a Merzbow track out of Agoraphobic Nosebleed samples - unmistakably Merzbow.

This CD, this CD I would recommend picking up.

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