Form and Void: News, the New Noise, and the somewhat New Noise

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Lo, Death! Behold, the Great Equalizer. He comes to all, from the grossly rich, to the utterly impoverished, and to all those economically between. He comes to those with happy and contented lives, and to those who struggle during their whole meager existences. He comes to disease ridden third world villages and to the most technologically advanced metropolises. I do not believe in the afterlife. I do not believe we come back as someone else, or a tree, or a cow. No one is coming to save us. We have one life, and at the end Death, the Sweet Equalizer.

Step into His embrace, child.

Welcome back to Form and Void.

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The Vomit Arsonist | Only Red | mid-2015, TBA

First up, in important noise related news, Toilet Ov Hell favorite The Vomit Arsonist is gearing up to release Only Red, due out June 9th on Malignant Records. I discovered a teaser for Only Red on Soundcloud. It features one minute from each of the album’s eight songs. It showcases The Vomit Arsonist’s shredding vocal performance and an explosive blend of power electronics and haunting death industrial sounds. You can check out the tracklist here, check out the teaser below:

Update: This morning (05/07/15) Malignant Records released “Nothing Matters” for preview. Check it out below!

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Girl 27 - Haldol cover You may be familiar with the work of Jay Gambit. Gambit, who previously worked as Crowhurst with noise artist Auditor was covered previously at the Toilet Ov Hell. Crowhurst’s self-titled Crowhurst of this year has been burning up the metalsphere with acclaim and praise, and with good reason. As Crowhurst has moved into a more musical direction, Gambit has continued with his noise experiments under the alias Girl 27. Haldol is one of the first releases under this new moniker and is named for a common antipsychotic. Interestingly, the release seems to embody the drug, creating a soft, ambient atmosphere interspersed with samples of dialogue. Thematically it regards the mentally ill sufferer, and song titles like “Let Me Die (DNR)” and “In an Unsafe and Frightening Place” further the concept. Haldol works as background noise or for concentrated listening. This album reaches its climax on the self titled penultimate track, containing Haldol’s harshest moments – a psychotic episode and subsequent restraint. Somehow I just keep thinking I’m the Devil.

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sharptooth position of trust coverMatt Ibarra / Sharptooth was previously and indirectly covered at the Toilet Ov Hell. Ibarra was credited on Severe Disconnect for his synthesizer work. He is also a member of Rectal Hygienics, whose 2015 release has also been featured here. Position of Trust was released in March 2013, and sounds similar to the no coast power electronics project mentioned. What does that mean, Edward? Position of Trust could wake you out of a coma. Ibarra is responsible for the electronics and screaming here, except now a B. Cardwell is credited for any other sounds contained herein (in this case, guitars). This album opens with bombastic static and a dizzying high pitched vibration, with the noise here seemingly written in some horrible alien language, incomprehensible to men. It’s my position that power electronics rival (if not absolutely decimate) the hatred contained in most heavy metal albums. Anxiety meets a savage, desperate violence. Ibarra puts in a frightening vocal performance embedded into all this chaos – if you can make it nearly eight minutes in on Position of Trust. FFO: Machismo (so, all of you), John Carpenter’s In The Mouth of Madness, sheer sonic terror.

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gruntmythofbloodDeathspell Omega have cast an impenetrable shadow over the world of heavy metal – mostly since their dissonant turn and with the inclusion of vocalist Mikko Aspa. Aspa has also been responsible for Grunt, a self labeled power electronics/industrial noise project which has been active for over twenty years. Grunt occupies a nearly unique space in noise. He’s not in the same camp as Swallowing Bile (even though Swallowing Bile cited Grunt as an influence), nor is he in the same camp as Machismo or Sharptooth, either. He doesn’t create dark ambient noise, and there are elements of death industrial in his music, but it doesn’t fit neatly there. I learned about Myth of Blood’s release by accident. Shortly after my discovery the Bear God included Grunt’s Myth of Blood in his favorite albums of the first quarter of 2015. Myth of Blood carries on where Grunt left off with 2012’s World Draped In A Camouflage. If you can get past the question should I listen to music created by assholes, and if you can get past the horrific shouts that share space with this bizarre soundscape, spend some time with this one. It’s haunting, esoteric, painful, and powerful all at once.

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swallowing-bile-breathing-problem-split What would a Form and Void article be without some mention of Swallowing Bile? For all of my time spent championing Swallowing Bile on this site, I have been painfully out of touch with his partner in noise Breathing Problem. Breathing Problem opens their 2015 split Highly Personal with an unusually rhythmic, trance inducing track accompanied by subtle spoken word. It’s reminiscent of the new-era Prurient. His second track “By The Hand of the Master” continues in that fashion, but becomes louder, faster, and noisier. Swallowing Bile lays waste to any sense of rhythm or music on his first appearance here “Splattered Over Their Belongings / Preying From A Distance” (that song title hints to me of sniper fire). It’s trademark Swallowing Bile – unrelenting harsh noise and grimy power electronics over its seven minute run. “Your Last Day”, the first of two tracks featuring both artists, is a surprisingly pleasant (you got that right) ambient track bathed gently in static. Highly Personal ends with a ten minute epilogue of sampled backwoods dialogue about sex – an unusual end of my introduction to Breathing Problem, but the artist still manages to creates compelling sounds here, and new noise from Swallowing Bile is always a welcome addition in the rotation.

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  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    listen to the haldol track (in the op)

    while watching these 2 vids—at the same time–full vol

    https://youtu.be/YRMo6DnNdnM

    https://youtu.be/m_wFEB4Oxlo

  • Tyree
    • The W.

      Begotten?

      • Tyree

        Nailed it.

        • Dagon

          This film is sitting on my HD for a while now, and I never watched it. :/

          • Tyree

            It’s something.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            Looks terrifying.

          • Tyree

            Same guy that did Shadow of the Vampire.

          • The W.

            It’s horrifying. One of the only movies I’ve ever turned off from being disturbed. I could probably watch it now, but I couldn’t then.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            I’m not nearly as into horror as I used to be, at least as far as films are concerned.

          • Tyree

            It’s more of an Art-house film. I think it’s on Criterion.

          • The W.

            Yah, not explicitly horror.

          • Tyree

            Didn’t you say this movie was based off of the directors dreams he had in a coma or some shit?

          • The W.

            I remember reading that, yah.

          • I’ve saw stills images and some trailers. But, to be honest, I have the pre-conception that I will scared a lot watching it, so I pass.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            haha, i can relate man…#imachicken4lyfe

          • Tyree

            There really is no audio to the movie. Watch it with some of this crazy noise that you enjoy.

          • The W.

            The weird clicks and pops that make up the soundtrack are part of the spook factor.

          • i’m looking up a scene from it on YouTube. the ad of choice is BUDLIGHT MIXX TAIL, #UPFORANYTHING
            smh

          • Dagon

            That’s actually a spot on suggestion.

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            I thought the first quarter hour or so was quite something, but then it went on. And on. And on. I should give it a rewatch one of these days though, I’ve come a long way in enjoying avant garde shit these past few years.

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            And I do like the Spektr vid it inspired.

          • The W.

            Spektr are something else.

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            So ace. Love the vicious metal, obscure ambience clash. Love the narrative they seem to conjure, the whole contacting the unknown with dusty and near dead but still sparking radio gear and then just getting totally consumed thing. Think they’d probably be better off without samples, particularly when they use a bit from The Brain from Planet Arous, which fits in story wise but totally not tone wise. But I find it easy to forgive.

          • Tyree

            Listen to an album while you watch it. It’s interesting to see how the music follows with the imagery.

          • Dagon

            I got something coming, maybe 3 weeks from now, that will play into this. Love mixing music and films with weird imagery, and I found the perfect thing.

          • Dean the P.I. Staker

            Is that the silent film where God commits suicide by stabbing itself repeatedly? I’ve never seen it, but have heard a lot about it.

          • Tyree

            Yeah.

          • The W.

            It is

  • Sir Tapir the Based™

    Grunt is love, Grunt is life.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Of all of the stuff covered here today, if I had to recommend a person just listen to one of the albums it would be that one.

      • Dagon

        Is it on the Fy? Bandcamp still off ’round these parts.

        • Edward/Breegrodamus™

          I don’t think Grunt has any music on Spotifii. It was kind of weird that this one popped up on BC, to be honest.

    • Slit your goats

      I’m a bit skeptical on the “Grunt is love” part.

      • Sir Tapir the Based™

        You have to open your heart to see it.

    • The Beargod

      Grunt is hate, Grunt is life
      *FTFY

    • Tyree
    • Edward/Breegrodamus™
  • Dagon

    Bandcamp wants to act childish and crash all the links on me. Okay.

    With that said, those were some choice words at the beginning. Loved it.

  • Guppusmaximus

    I believe that one day the most technologically advanced metropolises will overcome death whether it be through cloning parts & annihilating all disease or digitally mapping then uploading our brain and consciousness once our body is about to quit.

    • The W.

      “And in those days, men shall seek death, but shall not find it. They shall desire to die, but death shall fly from them.”

      • Guppusmaximus
      • Guppusmaximus

        Seriously, though, I don’t know how I feel about it. I don’t think I would want to necessarily live “forever” (whatever that means) but not having to be worried about 40 years of age being the beginning of the third quarter would be nice. My 40th sparked all sorts of weird mortality shit…

        • The W.

          I’m a fair amount younger than you, so right now, the idea of living forever horrifies me. I’m sure I’ll be more in your shows when I get there.

          • Dagon

            And yet once you start inching closer to 3 digits you’ll start thinking differently again.

            From what I’ve talked to my grandma and senior patients, there is an almost universal feeling of “oh, I already lived too much”. A lot of it stems from how active the person is, though. The occasional “Oh I want to live ’til 120” dude exists.

          • Guppusmaximus

            Yea, when the technology finally exists for the standard consumer to regenerate human tissue / parts you won’t have to deal with the toll that aging takes,so, I don’t think that mentality would last beyond the generation that couldn’t take part.

            Edit: Yes, an active lifestyle definitely helps with the aging process, however, it currently cannot defeat certain diseases of the mind.

          • Have you used an original generation iPhone lately? Shit sucks. I’d hate to be stuck in the outdated brain technology tube for all of eternity.

          • Guppusmaximus

            Yea, I’m pretty certain they would have a way for you to transition into a newer environment… Apple’s not a good example especially when they want to remove peripheral connections from their devices. Plus, I don’t see them as a powerful enough company to be apart of this type of solution. Better leave that to Google or MIT:)

          • Dagon

            Do you honestly think so? I feel like there is more to it than pure physical capability.

            I don’t know if you share this sentiment, but to me time tends to pass by faster the more we age. It has to do with the fact that things become increasingly part of a routine and few “new” things happen, so you tend to not pay attention to time as much.

            It’s sort of like a car trip you made when you were a kid and you couldn’t contain yourself because it felt like forever, but now that same trip is a breeze to get through.

            Not sure what would it be like if everyone was also immortal, but if I was to be granted immortality alone I would deny it. I would be terrified. Imagine everything that happens, every one you meet would become just a neglectable blimp in the huge timeline of your existence.

          • I just wish to live a little more.

            Less than 100 years is a very tiny portion of the cosmic life, don’t you think?

          • Dagon

            I don’t feel like a part of “cosmic life”, but then again, my worldview tends to be very secular. I honestly just want to have a good time and leave behind good memories to the ones who’ll overstay my time.

          • That’s fair, bro!

          • Guppusmaximus

            Like I said, I don’t think I would want immortality necessarily. For me being able to live comfortable for another 80-100 years would suffice. I agree that immortality could make life seem less special but I think that depends on your perspective. Honestly, just think of all the things you could witness and all the different careers you could try.

            The Time aspect is a tough one because while we may think we experience events in a linear fashion, that is not how Time really works. I’d love to be around just to see them finally figure out one of the biggest mysteries in our life…Time (Einstein’s Theory of Relativity blew that one wide open). Funny thing about time, they now know that people who work on top floors in high rise buildings age faster than those who work on the ground floor.

          • Dagon

            The different careers thing is a great point. I always feel like I’ll never have time to learn everything I’d like to.

            On the other hand, I spent most of the time I could be learning just sitting on my ass while listening to music, so there you have it. Maybe I’d just sit on my ass for 10,000 years, since I’d be able to procrastinate indefinitely.

          • Guppusmaximus

            And Tool still wouldn’t have released any new material… *zinger*

            On a serious note, Procrastination is as easy to do as a two-bit whore. I’d like to think I’d do something prestigious if I had an extra 80 – 100 years, but, I’d probably just sit on my ass as well.

          • I’m trying to picture how the math on this highrise thing works but I can’t because relativity gives me ANXIETY SPIDERS.

          • Guppusmaximus

            True… it’s all perspective.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      I would totally live forever if I could. Think of all the new types of beer you could try.

    • JWG

      I, however, expect to be reincarnated as a house-cat.

      Or possibly a housecoat. The hastily scribbled postcard from the hereafter was not, admittedly, entirely legible.

      • Guppusmaximus

        “And in those days, Housecoats shall seek death, but shall not find it. They shall desire to die, but death shall fly from their coat rack.”

        Edit: Yea, that was tacky… I apologize:(

        • old_man_doom

          I laughed. I laughed way more than I should have

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Oooh, I’m liking that Swallowing Bile track

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    I wasn’t paying attention first time I read this and had to go back because I thought The Vomit Arsonist was covering Simply Red.

  • The layout in this article is tasty.

    Awesome job as usually, Edward! Thanks for spreading the word in differents soundscapes.

    My head hurts a little because the stress and work. I’m still working, but I played Haldol and the sounds that the artists used were very interesting. In the third track, the pulsating treble sound is screeching but doesn’t overhelm. It’s like a OST of a psychological horror film. It seems that the artist wanted that atmosphere of being trapped (in drugs and in a medical facility), which is very awesome because it’s very effective.

    • Tyree

      Text wraps are fun! Yaaaaay!

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        Im a buffalo chicken wrap man muself bro…but tex mex aint bad!

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Thanks Link. I mostly bit the format from a recent Dubya post I suspect it was his last Bump & Grind grindcore article. The only thing different is the news part of this, format wise. There is a decent amount of heavy metal covered here too, it is interesting to see how those worlds intersect (even though, in my mind now, it is obvious that they should)

      • I felt the Haldol one more like soundtracky-dark ambient. Don’t you think?

        • Edward/Breegrodamus™

          I absolutely do. Other than the self-titled track it’s a pretty laid back album. That one gets a little harsh!

  • Oli Fucking Sykes, Son.

    Yeah, well, we lack the motion to move to the new beat.

  • The Beargod

    Good Write 3D

    • Nice bathing suit!

      • The Beargod

        I don’t get it.

        • that’s the best i could discern from your “3D” comment. rotate your head to the left and there’s a 2-piece bathing suit!

  • Breathing Problem is super listenable by a pleb like me! (it’s gud)

  • Slit your goats

    Good article as always Edward.

    Stay emvoidified https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdwVhUHMt5Y

  • Great write up. Not stuff I can listen to though lol.

  • Haldol sounds like good writing music.

  • Virgil the Ghost Poet

    Edward brings the noise and brings the funk!

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    here’s one–thats from the perspective of the modern msm–and their favorite guy adolf hitler—-
    the guy that taught them everything they know about journalism–

    –>how to censor the news—and persecute different people based off race or religion–
    —-
    down with the msm and hitler—-which are exactly the same–in spirit

    american constitution> hitler
    ———-
    both at once—full vol
    https://youtu.be/VHbzRYjjKto

    https://youtu.be/l9BbUqHrWFI