Monday, June 27, 2011

SAMPLE & HOLD : cut hands / afro noise 1

With a discography that explores almost every form of misanthropic mayhem, William Bennet, aka Whitehouse, purveyor of noise terror in the same league as fellow noise icon, Masami Akita/Merzbow, has, with the Cut Hands project, demonstrated a creative willingness to evolve sonically. Gone are the screeching menacing "vocals" that snow a flurry of misogyny on the listener. Gone are the lo-fi production values that were most certainly meant to produce the desired effect of elemental head-ache inducing miasma. Cut Hands simply sounds breath-taking. A unique mix of acoustic african percussion and electronics/synths suggest the noise genre has begun to negotiate a new direction...still darkly horrible and punitive in its implications regarding our world, but, for the listener, refreshingly transformative.

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