Thursday, 13 February 2014

Whitehouse - Birthdeath Experience

'Birthdeath Experience'
Whitehouse
1980

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Power Electronics, Industrial
For Fans Of: Ramleh, Consumer Electronics, Throbbing Gristle,Sutcliffe Jugend

Whitehouse, for the uninitiated, are pioneers and indeed the creators of the power electronics genre, and probably the most offensive (both to your ears and your morality) to ever have existed. Taking the industrial genre, arguably that period's most extreme style and making it more, um, extreme, Whitehouse burst into the scene with 'Birthdeath Experience', their debut LP. Eschewing industrial's penchant for rhythm and structure, 'Birthdeath Experience' is comprised of dangerously noisy synthesizers and over-driven effect laden vocals warbling and screaming filthy lyrics over the din. Admittedly it's not the most offensive Whitehouse release (their serial killer/rape/misogyny themes would come to fruition in later releases), but this is an intense, creepy listen nonetheless.

TRACKLISTING:
1. On Top
2. Mindphaser
3. Rock And Roll
4. The Second Coming
5. Coitus
6. Birthdeath Experience

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