Form and Void: Severe Disconnect

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This was one of the best songs of 2014.

It’s heartfelt, complex, and frenzied. It’s exactly the style of power electronics I want to hear when I play this genre. The first time I heard this song I listened to it another half dozen times in succession. Herukrat is a fascinating and compelling character in extreme music. I first heard “My Hand Belongs To The Creator Of The World” when a friend directed me to an interview with Herukrat on Black Metal & Brews. I got my hands on a copy of I Bear Witness near the end of last year and rushed it to my Best Albums of 2014 list. I Bear Witness covers Herukrat’s conversion to Islam; it features audio samples of his conversion ceremony. It also features a track denouncing Islamic terrorists who operate in the name of religion.

In the interview, Herukrat points to Machismo as a source of inspiration for his vocals, and calls Severe Disconnect “the most extreme thing I’ve probably heard”. As Herukrat’s vocals on “My Hand Belongs To The Creator Of The World” mark a serious high point for me (they really make the track) I had to dig deeper into his source of inspiration. The written word on Severe Disconnect is nearly nonexistent, at least on the web. If it has received coverage in print I have not discovered it yet.

Severe Disconnect was released in March of 2013, and recorded in 2012 and 2013. Five credits appear on Severe Disconnect: Buller (synthesizer/vocals), Delacroce (vocals), Gonzales (noise/vocals), Ibarra (synthesizer), and McEvilly (vocals). This album somehow sounds like the work of an entire power electronics crew. In researching this story a while back, I learned Machismo is a prime example of “no coast” power electronics. They originate from Chicago – the “no coast” scene has a sound all its own that is distinct from east coast or west coast power electronics. I am under the impression Machismo had been reduced to a duo from a five man crew. A recent email with Ethan Ebeling / Swallowing Bile revealed they played a live show as a duo shortly after the release of this cassette (the featured image for this story could also confirm this).

 

If they’re not going to allow me to teach their children, then I will corrupt them.

It was never my intention to fully review this album, as this is something you need to hear for yourself – if you consider yourself a fan of “extreme” music. Severe Disconnect is a stark and abysmal goliath. It is unbridled delirium. It is every moment of pain you have ever experienced converted into audio form. It is the snarling of each damned soul lost to John Calvin’s theology being returned to Earth.

It is easily one of the most extreme things I have ever heard.

 




Herukrat’s I Bear Witness and Machismo’s Severe Disconnect are both available from SVN OKKLT digitally for free. Severe Disconnect is also available for purchase on Bandcamp (for $4.00!)

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  • DDubya.

    Hail to thee! I’m all caught up on the Toilet and can live comment again.

  • Tyree
    • JWG

      I’ve been waiting for several minutes and nothing has happened yet.

      Oh. Animated GIF. That explains it… -__-

  • DDubya.

    Also, this Herukrat thing is interesting.

    • Renan Ribeiro

      This is really my barrier when it comes to extreme music. It kinda feels like I’m listening to the transmission of someone who was in space and lost it.

      • DDubya.

        I have a harder time getting into this stuff.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          I don’t like it. It’s fucking white noise bullshit.

          • DDubya.

            I’ve dabbled a little, but 99% of the time I’m going to stick with music.

            Going back to Desolate Shrine now.

          • Renan Ribeiro

            I actually gave Desolate Shrine two full spins yesterday, while frustrated trying to fix my keyboard. That was intense.

          • DDubya.

            Did you get it fixed?

          • Renan Ribeiro

            No. But Desolate Shrine sure put out a kick ass album.

          • I think it’s interesting to try, but it’s not my cup of tea. I’m always intriqued by new ideas in music and pushing the barriers of what we can even call music.

          • Edward #negrodMMXV

            That’s actually a fair assessment.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Well, I’m glad I wasn’t too far off the mark.

        • Guacamole Jim

          You’d like it if you had robot ears.

          http://i.imgur.com/qYXznoV.gif

      • Hubert, The DoomGoat

        I find this strangely easy to get into. I also didn’t have any problems with Pyrrhon last year. I was born SKRONKED.

        • Edward #negrodMMXV

          Oh, you think the skronk is your ally, but you merely adopted the skronk. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn’t hear clean riffs until I was already a man; by then, it was nothing to me but shrill clean chords! The skronk betrays you, because it belongs to me.

          • Hubert, The DoomGoat

            I was wondering what would break first, your riffs… or your songwriting?

        • Stockhausen

          You were born to lead all goats.

      • Stockhausen

        I would love to write a huge series of articles on aesthetics and why we like things, but as soon as I even approach coming to my first conclusion, one tiny point leads down 5,000 different paths.

        • Guacamole Jim

          Start a series.

          Would read/10

        • Renan Ribeiro

          We can argue a lot about it from a philosophical POV but I’m pretty sure there are hidden biological answers in our brains. Have you ever read a book called Incognito: secret lives of our brains?

    • Edward #negrodMMXV

      “My Hand Belongs To The Creator Of The World” is fantastic.

  • Renan Ribeiro

    You sure like strange noises Ed
    *back to Katy Perry*

  • Renan Ribeiro

    Hahahah I’m blasting this with no headphones and my grandma is looking at me like “WTF DUDE”

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Fuck articles, I’m seeing Mayhem, Watain, and Revenge tonight. Total death, fuck the world.

    • Tyree
    • Howard Dean

      I had tickets for last Sunday’s show, and missed it. I really wanted to see Revenge. Have fun (and by “have fun,” I mean praise death and spread pestilence).

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        It will be a drunken path to total fucking death and Satan.

        • Hubert, The DoomGoat

          It wouldn’t really be total fucking death with Satan in it would it? Being in Hell doesn’t really mean being total fucking dead, more like partially total fucking dead.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            You are thinking way too hard about this. Hopefully I’ll just die tonight. Is that better?

          • pls don’t die. you help cancel out a portion of the lifeloving around here!

          • DDubya.

            Total annihilation, dude. He’s gonna find the weak spoke on the wheel of samsara and exit into oblivion.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            God damn does oblivion sound inviting.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjmKBZ-wL8A

          • Break the Wheel, end the cycle, worship Shaitan

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Ave Satanas.

          • Howard Dean

            In Gnosticism and some theistic Satanic belief systems, Satan is the truthbearer that opposes the Demiurge and leads mankind and all of creation out of the cosmic and back into the primordial chaos e.g. “death.” So it kinda makes sense.

          • Tyree
          • Mr.CustodialArts
          • Howard Dean

            The string of The ‘burbs gifs and memes the past few weeks has got me hankering (Tom Hankering?) to watch it again. I haven’t seen it in years.

          • It’s on Netflix instant

          • Howard Dean

            I’m like a grandparent. I don’t know how to Netflix. I just order movies On Demand from Comcast. I’ll check if it’s on there. #thuglife

          • Edward #negrodMMXV

            Seriously? Netflix and On Demand are practically the same thing.

          • One is way cheaper doe (that would be Netflix. I think. I’ve been using an old roommate’s account for 6 years.)

          • Edward #negrodMMXV

            Yeah, between having Netflix and my mother’s HBO GO account I haven’t had cable for over a year and that is sweet business.

          • Howard Dean

            I use On Demand because I have Comcast cable, and it’s easy. When I watch TV or movies (which is pretty rare, maybe 2-3 times a week for an hour or two), I just hit guide, arrow over to the On Demand section, and see what’s available. I honestly have no interest in any other type of service.

          • Edward #negrodMMXV

            I like when Netflix has whole shows on there and I can watch at my leisure, which I currently doing with Orange is the New Black (which is fiyah by the way, v entertaining).

          • Howard Dean

            I actually read the book when it was released a few years ago. My wife bought it because she thought it looked interesting, and I ended up being the one to pick it up and read it. The differences between men’s prisons/jails and women’s prisons/jails are astounding. It’s like an entirely different world.

          • cuz bewbs.

            GL

          • Howard Dean

            Bewbs, of course. And women are far more likely to befriend/paint the nails of a fellow inmate, and far less likely to rape, torture, and kill each other. Good times.

          • Edward #negrodMMXV

            Huh. I didn’t even know it was a book!

          • Stockhausen

            I don’t know whether or not to tell you to just do it (meaning figure out Netflix). On one hand, it’s super easy and you’ll never want to leave your living room, which is awesome. On the other hand, it’s super easy and you’ll never want to leave your living room, which is a wretched curse.

          • It does lead to some poor decisions. “Woah, the entire run of Coach is available! I’d better watch it all right now.”

          • Mr.CustodialArts

            A POLTERGEIST reference AND a COACH reference? It’s Craig T. Nelson day here at the toilet, evidently…AND NOBODY TOLD ME.
            http://media.giphy.com/media/hEPe15OD2m0yQ/giphy.gif

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Agreed…but on the flip side of the coin: I enjoy the “unplug” in front of the tube. Between work, school, being married, a stepson in high school, two dogs, a few cats and endless random to do lists when I finally land in the evening a little mindless boob toobery is just what the doctor ordered.

          • Edward #negrodMMXV

            TDTR I didn’t know you were married!

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Yes sir…Celebrated 11 years January 3rd. I’m a lucky bastard, shes awesome. My daily focus is trying not to fuck everything up!

          • Edward #negrodMMXV

            I was going to update everyone on my dating progress on the 3:00 pm post today if I am home, lol. OPEN SWIM

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            COOL!! I’m looking forward to it!!

          • CT-12

            Also, film and tv are still very important artistic forms (you can make the case a little easier for film though obviously).

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Agreed!

          • Howard Dean

            I honestly can’t chance getting addicted to anything that is a massive time suck. That’s why I don’t follow modern movies, television, video games, barely follow sports anymore, and have few hobbies. #thuglife

          • Mr.CustodialArts
          • Howard Dean

            I agree on books and records–I still read a lot and listen to tons of music. But I’m not an avid film, TV, or video game fan. Those seem to be the unholy trinity of time wasters that cripple people’s productivity and begin to control most of their time.

          • Edward #negrodMMXV

            This is the final push to me ordering two books on Amazon and starting to read again. Reading >>>

          • which kind of gnosticism, mr. Dean? I’m always interested in reading about other philosophical views 🙂

          • Howard Dean

            Gnosticism in general is rife with allusions to a figure battling the “creator” figure, but I was speaking mostly about Judaeo-Christian Gnosticism.

          • didn’t knew that about that in gnosticism. I think that Gnosticism is a really interesting point of view in some cases 🙂

          • Howard Dean

            Gnosticism is very broad and expansive, sprouting from many cultures, regions, and belief systems, and different interpretations of it are as dissimilar as they are with Abrahamic religions (in some ways, it IS an Abrahamic religion, albeit not as organized). I am not an expert or even particularly well versed in any of it.

          • I’ve only read a few things of it. But, the concept of a less-divine Christ was the point that I most liked of their philosophy.

          • Brouroboris

            Its a pretty fascinating organisation. Id hesitate to call it a belief system as the literal interpretation of the greek “Gnosis” is knowledge gained through experience ie. not based in faith.

      • Tyree

        I missed the Baltimore show that I was planning on attending. Like sucks, and then you die.

        • Howard Dean

          Life sucks, and then you wheel a rickety piece of scaffolding into a power line and get electrocuted/catch on fire.

          • Tyree

            That too.

    • My friend from Chicago is going too, and has been rubbing it in to my face for the last couple weeks, and I hate you both

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Hate is a good thing.

    • Mr.CustodialArts

      “FUCK LIFE, FUCK THE WORLD, FUCK-oh, how much for the hoodie? $40? Okay, thanks…TOTAL DEATH!!!”

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Good point. Gotta buy merch, before I die.

    • Scrimm

  • Hubert, The DoomGoat

    This stuff is great as phuck! Thanks you Edward for turning my attention to Power Electronics

    I might play this as background music when I’m playing Counter-Strike later today.

    • DDubya.

      CS:GO or old school?

      • Hubert, The DoomGoat

        CS:GO.

        • DDubya.

          Still haven’t tried that.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

            I haven’t tried it either. I’ll try it at some point though.

          • Hubert, The DoomGoat

            I suck but it’s lot’s of fun.

    • Edward #negrodMMXV

      Hubert, for sure. I’m glad a few members of our crew seem to enjoy this sort of thing.

  • In contrast (I’m not planning to sabotage your post, Ed, my friend; don’t get me wrong).. The guys of Decibel posted this song of Orange Goblin! https://soundcloud.com/decibelmagazine/orange-goblin-the-test-db051

    • Edward #negrodMMXV

      Link if I would be accepting of anyone sabotaging one of my posts, it would be you.

      • No problem, I would never do that. Btw, could you check those bands we shared in the FB? I’m interested to know your opinion in that 😀

        • Edward #negrodMMXV

          I have not, but this is my weekend off work from my second job and I got a bunch of shit out of my queue yesterday after work. Will browse the neofolk thread this weekend/10.

          • Stanley

            Did I hear neofolk? Then you must listen to my 2014 album of the year.

            https://muskoxofficial.bandcamp.com/album/woodfall

          • BLVKKBEVRD

            This interview will be posted shortly, I hope

          • Stanley

            ??

          • BLVKKBEVRD

            I conducted an interview with nathanael larochette, the article should be up sometime if it doesn’t suck

          • i am very looking forward to the first Blackbeard article!

          • and he will get an awesome debut :O

          • Stanley

            Superb. I look forward to that. He’s a really nice guy. I’ve had a quite a few interactions with him on FB.

          • The Bestest Tapir

            Oh shit, thanks for reminding me. I need to buy this.

          • we are two!!

          • The Bestest Tapir

            Bought the cd, now Tapir must wait.

          • Stanley

            There are not enough superlatives to describe this album so I won’t even try. I also purchased the tab book which is currently driving me to distraction!

          • Stanley

            Here’s Musk Ox performing Arcanum off Woodall. This should tide the Tapir over until the CD arrives. I’m probably responsible for 3,855 of the youtube views and Nathanael’s mum is the other one.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcc9-6zOrfM&spfreload=10

          • didn’t knew they were in Bandcamp. When I got the time I will stream this to check. Thanks, Stanley

          • Edward #negrodMMXV

            I will make it a point to check this out – I know very very little about neofolk but a lot of our crew here seems to love it.

          • The Bestest Tapir

            Neofolk is 10/10

    • Howard Dean

      I’ve been jamming a lot of Orange Goblin lately. Mostly Frequencies From Planet Ten, Time Traveling Blues, and The Big Black (those first three are my favorites).

      • mr. Dean, did you liked Avatarium? I’m trying to open the door to my Lady in a few melodic metal and I recommended her their first EP

        • Howard Dean

          Haven’t listened to them.

        • i am currently listening to Moonhorse and enjoying it!
          (hijacked this convo)

          • ¡Bienvenido a bordo!

          • The Bestest Tapir

            I am currently listening to Sun Ra’s Atlantis.

          • where’s mr. @KJMKerrAvon666:disqus? We need you in this thread because I know you love the Orange Goblin too! 😀 (in fact, I think in you when I made the post :P)

          • The Bestest Tapir

            He’s probably doing some “business” (if you know what I mean). Tell me about this Orange Goblin. Should I check ’em out?

      • OldMetalHead
      • Lacertilian

        TTB is tops.
        Eulogy For The Damned is up there too, you heard it HD?

        • Howard Dean

          I have. I like all their stuff, though I find myself enjoying their earlier, more stoner-fied albums more than their grittier, more punkish later albums.

          • Lacertilian

            “You’re right, cop. You’re right, I am a rotten bastard. I admit it. But I tell ya something. Even though I got a lot of hate inside, I got some friends who ain’t got hate inside. They’re filled with nothing but love. Their only crime is growing their hair long, smoking a little grass and getting high, looking at the stars at night, writing poetry in the sand. And what do you do? You bust down their doors, man. Dumb-ass cop. You bust down their doors and you bust down their heads. You put ’em behind bars.”

  • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

    This whole noise thing-y is actually easy. Guess I’ll have to move elsewhere to find something really ‘hard’ now that ToH is making this mainstream. *Scoffs*

  • Stockhausen

    These articles always reawaken my urge to get into a room with some instruments and recording capabilities and not come out until I’m lying in a drooling, sweating mess on the floor, surrounded by the greatest albums ever recorded.

    • Edward #negrodMMXV

      I want to hear the results.

      • Guacamole Jim

        I want to see the video for… uh…. research.

        • Edward #negrodMMXV

          Toilet Ov Sexuvl Hvrrvsment

          • Guacamole Jim

            Toilet Ov Consensval Hvrrvsment

          • Edward #negrodMMXV

            Toilet Ov Homoeroticism

          • Guacamole Jim

            Toilet Ov Bicvriovsity

          • Edward #negrodMMXV

            Toilet Ov Roadside Bvthhouse

          • Toilet Ov GetaRoomYouTwo

          • Now THIS was the worst circle jerk I have ever seen. AMIRITE!?

            GL

          • Edward #negrodMMXV

            While the content was pretty inappropriate, it was short.

          • Guacamole Jim

            Toilet Ov Velcoming Thrvvsvmes 😉

      • Stockhausen

        They will be sweaty.

    • You would got my support, living dead composer!

      I thought yesterday of make kind of a audiobook with outside recordings about living in Venezuela <3..

  • KJM

    I’m rollin’ straight from the Survival Scrolls! BIOOTCH!

  • This was a good article. Not something I can listen to but I gave it the old college try. Back to Blackwater Park.

  • The Bestest Tapir

    Tapir approves,

    • Edward #negrodMMXV

      Edward approves of Tapir’s approval.

  • Stanley

    It’s noise, but is it music?

    • OldMetalHead

      No! It kind of reminds me of the movie Poltergeist though

      • The Bestest Tapir

        It’s good tho

        • OldMetalHead

          It’s interesting. 🙂

    • Guacamole Jim

      That’s been a discussion that’s been happening for ages now. I’ve heard the same query applied to metal music. Does this fit into the conventional definition of music? In some ways, yes, but in others, no. Does that mean that it’s not music, or that it’s just a new expression of music and art?

    • Edward #negrodMMXV

      I would say that the Herukrat track has a lot of resemblance to music, but a lot of my thoughts on that are because of the vocals. I also think the initial blasting is similar to the use of numerous blastbeats in heavy metal, well, kind of.

    • Brouroboris

      As far as im concerned music is [sound/time+intent]. This is all those things.

      • Edward #negrodMMXV

        I like the cut of your jib.

  • BLVKKBEVRD

    Yeah, Ed you always write a good article, this is just something I can’t listen to

  • Stanley

    Edward, once again your mission has been accomplished. I was just playing the Herukrat track and the Mrs looks over with WTF clearly written all over her face.

    • Edward #negrodMMXV

      My roommate knows I work on these sorts of articles, and if I tell him I am working on one he always asks “is that that crazy static shit again”? Haha. This is a hard sell on anyone.

  • Call the Slambulance

    Awesome write-up, Ed! Herukrat produces some absolutely bestial aural monstrosities. Keep it up, brothaman. 🙂

    • Edward #negrodMMXV

      If the editors keep publishing these stories I will keep working on them! W actually gave me an idea for an album to cover, maybe next.

  • Brouroboris

    Thank you Edward. I need to be in a very specific headspace to appreciate noise/atmospherics, namely one of intellectual focus and contemplation. Your article helped me to reach this.

    • Edward #negrodMMXV

      Thanks for checking out the article! I am glad you are getting some use from it / the noise within. I often wondered if a more repetitive noise style like HNW [Harsh Noise Wall] could be used for some kind of meditative effect.