Saturday 14 June 2014

Skin Crime/Government Alpha - Unnatural Disasters

'Unnatural Disasters'
Skin Crime/Government Alpha

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Harsh Noise, Harsh Noise Wall, Japanoise
For Fans Of: MSBR, Sewer Election, The Rita, Incapacitants

Brevity is a valued commodity, and as far as I'm concerned that's pretty apt description for this release, but I'll guess I'll go into more detail for this one. *sigh*
Skin Crime is an American harsh noise trio who've been kicking it since 1994 and Government Alpha is the solo project of Yasutoshi Yoshida, from Japan, obviously.
Skin Crim contribute a twenty minute long track to this split, 'Unnatural Disasters'. Essentially harsh noise wall - it has  monolithic low end and crumbling textures in all the right places, with some tasty little deviations and dynamics in the background.
Government Alpha's two contributions are actually two separate live recordings which capture his hectic, metallic harsh noise at its most brutal, cut up best. The two tracks, 'Disaster Area 1' and Disaster Area 2' retain the sonic heft of Skin Crime's track, but forcefully insert the madness you'd expect from a Japanois artist, and golly gee does it work.

1. Unnatural Disasters

2. Disaster Area 1 (Recorded Live 14th Feb, 1998)
3. Disaster Area 2 (Recorded Live 26th July, 1997)


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