Form and Void: Swallowing Bile’s Paradise Alley and Golden Girl

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Writer’s note: if Masterlord ever wants to become rich and semi-famous as the world’s preeminent metal blogger, and if Joe wants to bang smash slamdance pursue a romantic relationship with Charli XCX, they’re going to have to stop letting me do this shit. I can only picture W shaking his stately, presidential head in disapproval.

What’s up, and welcome. This is another enthusiastic hello to all Toilet Ov Hell readers, our fine community, and Barry Goldwater Republicans everywhere. The undisputed king of lengthy, run on sentences, improper punctuation, True Trve Detective fandom, and second in command at the Toilet Ov Void’s Noizzz Division is back to introduce this series, Form and Void. Form and Void is a new series dedicated to power electronics, noise, and any other suitably weird music that I stumble across or weird music that comes my way. How much weird music comes your way, Edward? The amount is not small. In fact, someone from Gmail contacted me to ask if I was doing alright. I told them I was but they insisted on providing me with a list of psychiatric care providers in my area. A note: Form and Void may also feature more straightforward material that does not come from the beyond, just some obscure obskvre goodness for our beloved readership to get hip to.

Who better for the introduction of this series than Swallowing Bile? Readers of this site should be no stranger to Swallowing Bile, who has previously been covered here, here, and here. As one of the busiest and harshest contributors to the active power electronics scene in the United States, Swallowing Bile has been working his way into the ears, hearts, and minds of Toilet Ov Hell readers since. The Toilet Ov Hell is excited to bring you coverage on a pair of brand new Swallowing Bile releases that have not been publicly announced yet. Let’s get into each release. We don’t have a moment to spare.


 Paradise Alley

 

In a recent email, Ethan Ebeling (Swallowing Bile himself) explained Paradise Alley to me as “a conceptual piece about an old dive bar that existed out in my area a few years ago. Minors would be allowed into the bar regularly and subsequently older men would enjoy their ‘company’, buy them drinks, engage in intercourse, etc. The release is two small pieces that work as one larger work and the packaged copies came with a used condom wrapper and each insert was sprayed with old perfume found at the spot of the (now destroyed) bar. Paradise Alley is sold out now, but, Vanguard Productions purchased a small number from me while on tour and he will have them available soon”.

In a previous article I made mention of both the power electronics and harsh noise wall halves of Swallowing Bile’s musical character; “White Walls/Paradise Alley” is a stunning example of the former. The track opens with a woozy, intoxicating synth punctuated by a blast of harsh static and feedback, similar to the use of blastbeats in heavy metal. That woozy synth continues under the blasting electronics, barely audible but lending a semblance of melody to the track. The synth and blasting struggle for control for the first several minutes of this track, until just past the three minute mark something new is introduced: a deeper static rumbling reminiscent of Secluded. The bucolic noise picks up intensity until the opening synth regains its hold. The synth, static, and electronic blasting alternate for about seven minutes until the vocals are finally introduced. The vocals are trademark Swallowing Bile: hostile, pained shouts brimming with menace.

Paradise alley/letting unders in/Rohypnol sales through the roof/first date with Daddy’s best friend.”

The lurid subject matter and excruciating length make the material exceedingly difficult to absorb. Ebeling repeats variations of the same lyrics like a mantra between the relentless power electronics blasting, alternating from a high pitched scream and a deeper growl before new feedback comes into play for the track’s final thirty seconds.

Provocation, exploitation and offense are power electronics’ bread and butter, but Ebeling uses his transgressive lyrical themes for a different purpose. Ebeling uses Swallowing Bile to draw attention to a far too common occurrence often covered up by authorities or those in positions power: Sex crimes, the exploitation of minors, and human trafficking–heinous crimes to which people turn a blind eye. Ignorance is bliss when headlines like “Former Tech player and wife locked child in basement for months” or “Unidentified baby found dead in box shipped to Texas warehouse” circulate nationwide and the perpetrators get off with minimal jail sentences. A Wisconsin man sentenced for locking his teen stepsister in his basement and repeatedly sexually abusing her received a paltry three years for his crimes. Does Ebeling’s addressing the subject matter make it any less difficult to swallow? In a word, no. Calling Swallowing Bile a vehicle for social justice may be a bit of stretch, but to call him uncaring or even supporting of the themes presented is just as much a fallacy.


 Golden Girl

 

Maintaining his status as an active power electronics and harsh noise wall producer, Swallowing Bile has eight releases (albums, splits, singles and more) from this year available on his Bandcamp.

Golden Girl is comprised of two songs, “Daddy’s Golden Girl” and “Rubbish Always,” with each around nine minutes long. Gradually increasing harsh noise opens “Daddy’s Golden Girl.” In a tactic reminiscent of extreme metal acts like Portal and Aevangelist, roughly a minute in a distant voice becomes barely audible beneath the murk, barely present, like the glossolalia of some damned Pentecostal church. As the vocals become more prominent with the track’s progression, a squealing sound is introduced, taking the shape of some sinister, indecipherable radio broadcast around which the noise twists and mutates. Unlike “White Pills/Paradise Alley,” this track does not rely on blasting electronics or Swallowing Bile’s pained shouts. Near the track’s end, though, the vocals begin to slightly resemble Ebeling’s usual vocal delivery. “Daddy’s Golden Girl” ends as it began, dissolving back into Void-like static.

“Rubbish Always” picks up right where “Daddy’s Golden Girl” leaves off. Two imposing minutes of harsh noise and changing tape loops lead to another kidnapping tale. Unlike Secluded, this is not a revenge fantasy. No mention is made of past harms done or retribution.

No one will look, if I took you. No one will look, when I take you.”

The vocals shift in and out of comprehension as static explodes over the canvas like bomb blasts. The track reaches its climax amidst a cacophony of noise and a repeated phrase in some alien tongue before Swallowing Bile shapes his voice into something monstrous to remind us that “no one will remember Daddy’s golden girl.”

These two releases comprise roughly thirty minutes of new Swallowing Bile material, in which Ebeling tackles the exploitation of children and offers another kidnapping and murder fantasy. Swallowing Bile continues to push the envelope of power electronics and harsh noise in a harrowing and destructive fashion. Both albums covered in this post receive:

 

 

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Both Swallowing Bile releases covered in today’s post are available on his Bandcamp at “name your price”.

Form and Void takes its title from the season finale of HBO’s True Detective.

Thanks to Christian for editing and co-authoring this article.

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  • Guacamole Jim

    Joe will have to fight me off to ever have a chance with Charli.

    Okay, I’m going to go read the article now.

    • You were Firstly on the MS boards, weren’t you?!!

      • Edward #negrod4eva

        Firstly is the hero we deserve, but not the hero we need right now.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          He’ll always be Fistly in my book.

      • VVorld Peace

        He is not. Blaow blaow.

        • Edward #negrod4eva

          Glock Jim = Guac Jim

          BLAOW BLAOW

      • Guacamole Jim

        I don’t even know who that is…

        • Some dingleberry using the screen-name Firstly McFirsterson had a pretty good run doing stupid first-posts saying shit like “Firstly does it again!”

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            JAG he made an appearance on one of the last few Riff of the Weeks and scored the coveted ‘featured comment’.

          • I’m pretty sure it is JAG.

          • I’ve NEVER stooped to the level of logging into multiple Disqus accounts 😉

          • Bunk Moreland

            Mothafucka, that’d just be wrong.

          • It’s stuff like that that makes the beloved bobs of the ‘net pack up their shit and go elsewhere.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            We talked about getting bob back into the fold. We still could. I think someone here knows people he knows irl but bob would not know it was him.

          • Tell bob the person that did that is sorry. Same person was trolling KSoFM too…mostly for the same reasons…as I understand it.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            If he wanted to remain obskvre, using his Facebook to login to Disqus wasn’t the best plan lol

            I’m surprised it took someone that long!

          • I think he was just new to the whole internet thing because it genuinely surprised him.

            People were bugging him to create a real bob account when he guest-bobbed…because of all the impostor-bobs that were ruining shit.

          • Old Man Hetfield

            YEAHHH-AHHH!!! Who’d do something like that?

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            have you ever scored it? 😮

          • Howard Dean

            I scored it. It’s a 6/10.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            My new goal for this site is to win it. 🙂

          • Sir_William_Whalus

            You have many leagues yet to swim, hatchling.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Bears are fine swimmers, unlike David, which is why it should be a surprise that my niner-niner is genuine. I have won the hawk. And this hinor has been mine. Niner-niner.

          • Sir_William_Whalus

            You may swim with me, bear god. We ancients must stick together as the organisms of a coral reef.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Thine words ring with most exquisite of pleasures.

          • Howard Dean

            I actually don’t think I’ve ever scored the featured comment. I was just saying that for the shitty fuck of it.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            Featured comment? Sadly, no, which is weird because I’m pretty hilarious.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            TEAR DOWN YOUR WALLS TOILET OVERLORDS

            WE DEMAND FEATURED COMMENT TRANSPARENCY

          • BACK INTO YOUR HOLE, PEASANT.

          • Sir_William_Whalus

            As long as it isn’t a blow-hole.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            Sorry for my outburst. Pls let me keep doing stuff.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            I need to get it now 🙂

          • KJM

            It’s lonely at the top.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            Heavy is the head that wears the crown.

          • VVorld Peace

            He was just extremely punctual. Is that so wrong?

      • Sir_William_Whalus

        It certainly was not I. I have only ever dipped my fins in the most exquisite bodies of water.

        • Edward #negrod4eva

          Sir William Whalus!

          • Sir_William_Whalus

            In the blubbery flesh. I apologize for my long absence. A murderous sea-captain and his bloodthirsty hounds were hot on my tail.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            IT WASNT ME

          • Death

            I believe you. You don’t have enough time for both hunting whales and being on r/atheism

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            *and getting swole

          • Death

            *and doing meth

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            *and kidnapping dark haired damsels

          • Death

            *and praising Dawkins

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            *and hating the Finns

          • Death

            The Finns already hated you before they even knew you exist.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            kuolevat epämääräisyys , pikkumies

          • Death

            Did you try to say “die in obscurity”? Because that isn’t even close to it.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            SUCK IT (refresh for lollbutz)

          • Death

            Suck what? You need to be more specific.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS
          • Death

            I’ll consider it…

          • Death

            now saw the picture and it is oozing with racism

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            yes.

          • Death

            Militant racist atheist bastard!

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            ¯_(ツ)_/¯.

          • dark haired damsels ftw.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            Death what did you think of these SB tracks, if you had a chance to listen to them? I am wondering because of when we talked about his lyrics on Secluded.

          • Death

            It’s quite late, so I haven’t listened to them fully. I will tomorrow, but it sounds quite promising. Also, I do not remember this conversation that you mentioned.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            You thought some of SB’s lyrics were juvenile or reminiscent of Fall Out Boy, lol.

            Let me know what you think when you check them out!

          • Death

            Oh yeah that. It was just one line and mainly a bad joke.

          • *good joke FTFY

          • Sir_William_Whalus

            From hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            AVAST YE MAMMOTH MAMMAL OF THE DARK SEAS! MAY DAVEY JONES LOCKER BE YE MISTRESS!

          • Sir_William_Whalus

            A gentlewhale never asks, and a siren never tells.

          • JWG

            I wonder if 2015 will bring a new ‘Ahab’ album.

            I hope so, but should probably not expect it…

          • Sir_William_Whalus

            I hope not, for my own sake.

          • VVorld Peace

            Ahab >>>>>>>>>>>>

          • Guacamole Jim

            Queequeg >>>>>>>>>>>>>>

          • old_man_doom

            I believe so. I was listening to an interview with them the other day. They’re headed into the studio soon.
            *excitement intensifies*

      • JWG
    • We covered this earlier. You folks are welcome to come at the throne. Welcome to try anyway.

    • Elite Extremöphile

      He’ll two step you into oblivion.

    • That header photo deserves some NSFW photoshopping, like her eating a sandwich or something.

  • God

    Just wanted to say I love everyone of you wonderful people.

    • Edward #negrod4eva

      <3

    • Howard Dean
      • Mother Shabubu III

        I know I’m a minority on this, but I think this one of Slayer’s best albums. I liked it better than “Reign In Blood”. It’s definitely one my favorites next to “Reasons To Take A Piss” (AKA “Seasons In the Abyss”), and “South of Heaven”.

        • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

          DUDEEEEEE, I’VE BEEN SAYING THIS FOREVER. YOU DESERVE A HIGH FIVE m/

          • Ultimate Void Warrior

            I consider this a good album but not one of their best. Reign In Blood, South Of Heaven, Seasons, Divine Intervention and Hell Awaits are better in my opinion.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            God Hates Us All is one of the first things I ever heard Tom scream so that’s why I love that album so much.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I have Divine Intervention and Diabolus In Musica on vinyl. I like them both.

        • Howard Dean

          I’m a Slayer purist. Show No Mercy, Haunting the Chapel, Hell Awaits, and Reign in Blood. Half of Seasons in the Abyss is OK. Other than that, pretty meh.

          • Mother Shabubu III

            I liked when Slayer slowed things down. After a while I get tired of the same speedy thrash kind of song, which is like the by-the-numbers Slayer.

          • only good modern Slayer was Christ Illusion!

        • old_man_doom

          I’ll stand with you, Shabubu.

    • Cosigned.

      • Sir_William_Whalus

        Joy to the world, all the boys and girls. Joe to the fishes in the deep blue sea, and joy to you, McNulty.

        • “Joe to the fishes”… i like this. pls don’t edit.

          • Sir_William_Whalus

            Only because you asked so humbly, kind land-dweller.

    • Stan Laurel

      Uh oh. God’s been quaffing the sacramental wine again.

  • OldMetalHead

    There’s something wrong with the first one. It sounds like the TV when the stations used to go off the air. lol

  • Tyree
    • Howard Dean
      • Tyree

        I’d like to spread some of that on my toast.

    • Edward #negrod4eva

      I’m still at the office so I can’t check this track out (until later), but I’m gonna toss this out there:

      Swallowing Bile > Bile

      • Tyree

        You’ll hate this.

        • Edward #negrod4eva

          I don’t hate this at all! I am kinda surprised by it because I assumed it would be some unholy metal twisted hatefuckery.

          • Tyree

            Ha, well you may not like Sacrocurse then.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            I will listen to Sacrocurse and offer a full report!

  • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

    You know who’s a cool guy? KJM. I’ll throw JJD in there too

    • i’ll throw Justin Nowlin in there too

      • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

        Jimbo you’re pretty fantastic too 🙂

        • Sir_William_Whalus

          Aye, you have gained many strong swimmers in your pod.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            The TovH is a very warm place filled with warm people.

          • Sir_William_Whalus

            Verily, even in the coldest depths of the ocean, you may find warm vents to sustain you.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            @Death pretends to hate everybody, but we all know he loves us all. 🙂

          • Death

            Talkin shit about me, that’s a paddlin’

          • Sir_William_Whalus

            Leave the hatchling be, or you will face the wrath of the entire Mariana Trench.

          • Death

            Bring it on mate

          • Sir_William_Whalus
          • Death

            Gojira sucks mate

          • Sir_William_Whalus

            One day Finland will sink to the depths. Then, you and I will have a chat.

          • Death

            I’m not afraid of you.

          • Sir_William_Whalus

            “And with strange eons, even death may die.”

            The oceans keep their own secrets, friendo.

          • Death

            Do I need to call some Japanese whale hunters here?

          • Sir_William_Whalus

            I have weathered worse storms.

          • Death

            You want some plankton?

          • Sir_William_Whalus

            Is this a peace offering?

          • Death

            Da

          • Sir_William_Whalus

            I accept, pale one. Now, I must attend to the harvest of scallops. Fare thee well.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Believe him not, oh most noble of ocean dwellers. His words mask foul attempts. Given the chance he shall de-tusk you as preparation for the sinking and ever stranger aeons.

          • Death

            Shut the fuck up son and go back in the cage!

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            I do not know how to ahut up. And I definitely shall not return to the cage.

          • Death

            Behave or I will give you to the Jehova’s witnesses!

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            No! Not those monsters! I’ll beehive.

          • interrogation room
            shots fired
            (but no downvote)

          • Death

            *hides in McNulty’s anus* you’ll never catch me!

          • Guacamole Jim

            We exist for love.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            You’re new here, right? What kind of metal do you like? I like nu metal, doom metal and all other kinds of rock and metal. I also like synthpop, some rap, some country, some current pop and a lot of other genres.

          • Death

            He ain’t new mate. He’s been here a long time.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Who was William Whalus then if he’s not new?

          • Death

            He was William Whalus.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I’ve never seen him before though.

          • Death

            I’ve seen him many times before.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I haven’t.

          • Death

            I have.

          • Guacamole Jim

            This exchange made me lol.

            Why do I keep reading your ridiculously long threads?

          • VVorld Peace

            He seems to pop up from time to time.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I see. I like his name though.

      • Death

        I’ll throw McNulty there. *fucks up the throw, McNulty drops and breaks*

    • Edward #negrod4eva

      JJD is a ToH legend. He is more than a man. He is an ideal.

      • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

        The man also knows good food

        • Death

          And bad music

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            I used to think you and Hester Kukk were the same person. Man, that was stupid of me.

          • Death

            Hester ain’t got my charm

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            Hester also only liked underground black and death metal. And I can see you’re more of a prog guy.

          • Death

            Didn’t he like Watain? That’s not really undrground, is it

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            Of course there were exceptions

          • Death

            Watain sucks. Hester sucks. Fuck if he comes here.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            I think the site runners have an easy solution for that. Lol.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            I agree with all three of those statements. I also hate Conan’s whole trve metal crap. All metal is metal. Whether you think it’s good or not is up to you

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            All Metal = Metal!?

            *INTERNAL COMPUTER FREEZES/CRASHES

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            Somebody whould let that guy know.

          • Death

            Oh man, that shit gets on my nerves

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            We had a heated debate, about Marilyn Manson. Then he said Amon Amarth is a trve metal band. At least Manson doesn’t put out the same damn album every release.

          • Death

            Bith of those suck

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            I only enjoy Manson’s first four releases. Very creative albums

          • Death

            Nope.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            Come on Death. I know you jam to “Sweet Dreams”

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            I can guarantee this is not true.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            I know, I just felt like messing around with Death.

          • Death

            Messing around with me may result in death.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            :0

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            I enjoy Manson’s character on Sons of Anarchy

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            Me too. I was surprised how well he didi as an actor.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            He was an actor before he was ever a musician

          • Death

            Proove it!

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            “I can’t prove it, but I can say it.”

            Stephen Colbert

          • Death

            I don’t know who that dickwad is

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            I think Nergal would be a fairly good actor

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I love his first five. Anything past that wasn’t my thing. I think the new one will be great though.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            The two new tracks have impressed me. I’ll be purchasing the new album

          • Death

            You two posers should kiss.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            You’re so mean. Don’t you have to go make babies cry or something?

          • Death

            First I’m taking my beauty sleep. Best way to make a baby cry is to make it an orphan.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            That’s just terrible. What next, are you going to go take candy from a baby before you make it an orphan?

          • Death

            After. The baby will think “well at least i have candy” and I come and say “nonyou fucking don’t.” Also a curb stomp is possible

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Why? Why are you so mean?

          • Death

            Only existing things I’m not mean to are my dogs and other dogs I like,

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I loved the tracks as well. I also love the new Trapt acoustic album. I bought the Best Buy exclusive signed edition yesterday.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings in terms of new releases. I’m praying for a new tool record

          • Death

            New archgoat, napalm death and solefald are tickling my dick

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            Napalm Death and Syolsis are making me gitty.

          • Death

            Sylosis sucks. Jack will probably jack off with you about that album

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            Thats one of those albums I’m going to stream before I buy. But it might end up being good

          • Stan Laurel

            I will also be pleasuring myself to the chewy riffs and juicy leads that Sylosis put forth.

          • i have it already and will be reviewing it for the Toilet…

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            How did you get it?

          • a gentleman never kisses and tells…

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Did you hear that The Who are touring the US next year? They’re doing a lot of dates near me and they’re doing two tour dates near you at Kansas City and St. Louis.

          • WOAH!! i wonder if they still put it down live?

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I wouldn’t know as I’ve never seen them. They’re also doing dates in October near me at Madison Square Garden and Prudential Center in Newark. I hope to see them at their Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden dates. I wonder how Conan feels about this.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            As butting in is my nature, I shall place my behind here. “Same album everytime” is the weakest of arguments for neither it nor experimentaling with sounds speak of quality at all.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            Bear-san is right.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Aye, It is the divine might that speaks through me and the man in a black beard, nearly as bearsome as I, hears it’s words as well. Yarr!

          • Death

            You could have looked a bit before you placed your hairy behind down. My fucking cake is ruined!

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Sovvy.

          • VVorld Peace

            I dig Amon Amarth’s whole discography, from the rawer, blacker stuff to now, although there have been albums I liked less. Surtur was kind of a dud in my opinion.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Alas, I wager that should I place their debut, Versus the World, Twilight and Deceiver side-to-side no man in his right mind could say that they are the same album, even if they channel the sam sound. And I too like most of their releases.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            I think the three of us had this discussion before.

            All that trvly matters with AA is With Oden on Our Side and Versus the World .. everything else isn’t worth squabbling over

          • VVorld Peace

            I can shake to that.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            They be the best yes, but I enjoy the rest as well.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            I see your point, but to me I feel like if you own one Amon Amarth album, you own them all. A little creativity and change in your sound goes a long way. I’m not saying change like JFAC or Opeth. But don’t be lazy.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            While I do see your point too, I must disagree. I find Amon Amarth’s albums to include this occasional variation, although I’ll admit it is not as prevalent as with some others.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            I will say this about Amon Amarth, they are fantastic live!

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            This. Perhaps one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            In my opinion the only better show is Slipknot. So much fucking production and it’s fun. I’m hoping Cattle Decap and Behemoth will be up there.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            You had me, then you lost me. Slipknot was horrible live. Like a bunch of monkeys running around on stage beating on things. It really was terrible. I’m not trying to be mean.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            Hey to each their own. My dream as a huge Slipknot fan is to see them at a small venue without any production and without the masks. If that were ever to happen I’d be there in a heartbeat

          • VVorld Peace

            Conan is a very dedicated troll when he posts over there. He just posts memes and classic rock here.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            He’s quite the character, although I’m glad he introduced me to “The Antichrist” by Akercocke. Fantastic album I’ve been blasting lately

          • VVorld Peace

            It seems to be one of the fewer “extreme” bands he likes.

            The dude definitely knows his slasher flicks, though.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            This is true.

          • he turned me onto them as well! i really like Conan, even though his trve metal rants can get redundant.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I like Conan. He likes a lot of the same classic rock I do and he likes Taylor Momsen of whom is very pretty.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            *horrible guy

          • Death

            And there the militant atheist comes and attacks me

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            I WILL ALWAYS ATTACK YOU
            I WILL ALWAYS ATTACK YOU
            I WILL ALWAYS ATTACK YOU

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan

          They have bacon Spam apparently. It was good, but it wasn’t as bacony as I expected so that was a letdown.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            That sounds yum :0

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I liked it because I covered it in cheese. Have you ever been to Captain D’s? I’ve always wanted to go there.

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        I changed my name back. I prefer being JJD much more than being the Ultimate Warrior.

  • VVorld Peace

    Ed, great reviews, amigo.

    • Edward #negrod4eva

      Ah, thanks W!

      I had a good deal of help on this one, hence “C” picking up his first ever “co-author” credit. I was excited with how well this one turned out.

    • cosigned.

  • VVorld Peace

    I actually prefer Golden Girl to Paradise Alley.

    • Stan Laurel

      I like you choice of words. Prefer. lol.

  • Stan Laurel

    Wow. Did anyone make it through? Unfortunately, I did and I know have a thrombosis in my left eye. Painful.

    • Edward #negrod4eva

      I made it through both of them several times, but that’s not very fair since I covered them for this story lol

      • Stan Laurel

        Then you’re blood must be fully clotted!

        • Edward #negrod4eva

          Did you listen to all of both albums? To your credit, it is not a small feat. That’s a tough 30 minutes.

          • Stan Laurel

            I did. I almost jumped out of my seat in Paradise Alley the first time it went from the vibrating synth to the scratchy static. I was ready for it the second time though and appropriately braced myself.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            YES. My work here is done.

            Thanks for checking them out!

    • I’m still super new to noise but it seems to be part of the experience. None of it is meant to be pleasant.

  • Call the Slambulance

    Fantastic stuff, Ed! I’m a huge fan of these two albums, and have frequently been listening to both. I’m really excited to see where this column goes 🙂

    • Edward #negrod4eva

      Slambulance!

      Funny, I didn’t know EE/SB had new material until he told me so himself. Without giving too much away, I have an idea of where I want to go next. Form and Void 2 will have another track we talked about, and something you might not be hip to. The thing you are not hip to (or might not be, I dunno) is utterly brutal and horrific. At some point I’d like to tackle one of the biggest names in noise / PExxx but I have to work my way up to that standard I think.

      • Call the Slambulance

        Honestly, I didn’t either for a while. I just happened to take a trip to his bandcamp spot and saw fresh stuff haha. Oof, now you have me really excited. If you’re saying it’s horrific, then I’ll have to trust you. I’m stoked for it.

        • Edward #negrod4eva

          It’s HORRIFIC. Like, horrific.

          • Call the Slambulance

            You’re setting it up pretty hard, Edman. Don’t fail me 😉

      • Call the Slambulance

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jk3baOOVQjU Side note: have you heard Koufar? He produces some very disconcerting stuff. He is currently one of my favorite PE artists.

        • Edward #negrod4eva

          I have not heard him yet, but I have heard of him I believe from reading about Herukrat. From just looking at this video I imagine they operate on similar themes. I will check out this track for sure.

          • Call the Slambulance

            Yep. He focuses a lot on social injustice in “lesser developed” countries, and also has a fairly similar style as Herukrat.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            Then it is a shoe in for me to like it, haha.

          • Call the Slambulance

            Haha I would hope so. I think you should check out some of his stuff. It’s gnarly as all hell. Especially this song ^^^

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            I will check it out after I get home after going to the dentist. Lifelover shit.

          • Call the Slambulance

            More like lifehater. Dentists have a higher suicide rate than an workers in any other profession. That’s pretty metal m/

          • I would have sworn it would be lawyers.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            *metal bloggers

          • COTY

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            No featured comment?

            *hands Joe a length of rope

          • Would it make sense to just see “*metal bloggers” as a featured comment?

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            does logic strike you as something i favor!?

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            Serious? Also, home, stereo, checking out your PExxx now. Will let you know.

        • Edward #negrod4eva

          Update: digging this so far. About halfway through. Reminds me of the “softer” passages from I Bear Witness a little.

  • Stockhausen

    I’m always pleasantly surprised at what can happen to personal taste. I will shamefully admit that on first exposure to Steve Reich, I wanted nothing to do with it. After discovering the right piece under the right circumstance, I was hooked. When I first heard the more extreme ends of the metal spectrum, I was not buying it at all. Fast forward a year or two, and I’m listening to Wold’s Screech Owl on my morning drive to work. All that being said, great reviews Edward, Swallowing Bile has been nice motivator for even more taste expansion these past couple months.

    • Death

      Steve Reich >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

      • Stockhausen

        Truly, truly I say unto you, yes.

    • Edward #negrod4eva

      Thanks Stocky!

      I admit to occasionally listening to PExxx on my drive into work at 6:00 am. It can be quite the experience. The only time I try to make sure to play “relaxing” music is on the way into my part time job. The way home, all bets are off.

      I remember a time when I thought Calculating Infinity was too brutal, and a time after that when I honestly didn’t know the difference between black and death metal. Look at how much we have grown.

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    I feel like I need to take a shower after listening to these. I mean that as a compliment. Awesome post as usual Ed. Thanks!

    • Edward #negrod4eva

      Thanks, MPSLN. I”m glad you dug the tracks. Thanks for checking them out!

  • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

    Worst news of the day: blvkkbevrd pulls right deltoid.

    &blasts traps/tris anyway

    • Death

      Mmmmmmm, this makes me happy.

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        Who’s the whale guy? I like him a lot.

        • Death

          He’s a whale.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Who was he before?

          • Death

            Yes.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I mean was he someone different before he was a whale?

          • Death

            I’ve only seen him as the whale. He’s not new.

      • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

        Suck it

        • Death

          I would gladly suck your pain. Lick the tears.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            My tears are salty like the Baltic Sea

          • Death

            Salty, that’s the way I like it.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            is it creepy that I keep looking at google to check the temperature at various points in northern europe to see just how much less brutal the temp is there than here?

          • Death

            I fucking hate how warm it is here now. Fucking global warming. It used to be cold!

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            I’ve yet to see it be any colder (its typically warmer) than it is here.

            Never fear, when global warming melts the glaciers and ice caps, throwing off the gulf streams and cloud cover, ushering us into a new ice age, it will be cold and dead everywhere

          • Death

            Yay.
            Seriously, this winter and the last winter have been shitty. There is barely any snow and if some snow comes, it melts after a few days. I hate it here. Winter is the only time of the year I like and now it has been ruined!

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            On this point we agree, Death. Autumn & Winter are my seasons.

            The old lady informed me yesterday that 2014 is shaping up to be the warmest year on record.

          • Death

            Spring is the worst when you have an extreme birch pollen allergy. Fucking can’t leave my house without hard medication.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            *meth

            Luckily, Birch populations are slim this part of the country, and I have no allergies (perks of being a superior physical specimen).

          • Death

            Vittu piri toimii. Perkele! Piriä saatana!

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            Fucking jesus’ scrotum, I’m tired of pulling up gtranlate

          • Death

            Hint: google translate don’t work

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            the only word I can’t find/figure out is Piri, and its derivative, care to enlighten?

          • Death

            Means meth. Amfetamiini would be the official word, but piri is used a lot.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            Fucking colloquialisms

          • Death

            I’m gonna start using different finnish diallects so google translate won’t know any of those words.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            That’s not creepy, that’s metal as fvck.

          • have you told us where you reside yet? if not, remind me?

          • BLVKKBEVRD, PVRPLE WYZDOOM

            In the mountains of western NC

  • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

    How am I gonna get through this last hour of work? 🙁

    • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

      listening to Amon Amarth’s With Oden on Our Side at #fullblast

      • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

        I’ve got Between the Buried and Me’s “Colors” blasting. Definitely one of my favorites

        • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

          Despite being from The Greatest State, I’ve seen BTBAM so many times they’re hard to listen to now.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            I have yet to see them live. The band I want to see live the most is Carcass. Those fuckers never come anywhere near me. They must hate San Francisco

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            Missed seeing them recently because we had just moved. Carcass ain’t what they used to be, anyhow. Was more excited about Noisem but, oh well . .. c’est la vie.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            I’m fairly new to the whole metal scene. So I found out about Carcass about 5 months ago so their new to me. First song I heard was Heartwork and the guitar was so beautiful I almost cried.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            Well, Heartwork is amazing. So you’re right on that point.

          • Stan Laurel

            Carcass played at the Regency on 3/26/14. Awesome!

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            Too bad I wasn’t into them at the time:(

          • Stan Laurel

            Snoozing = losing. That’s why I sleep with my eyes open.

            Shame though. ’twas a great show.

    • Lots and lots of coffee mixed with No Doze?

    • Death

      Ask KJM or Blackbeard if they can give you some of their meth.
      Piri toimii saatana.

      • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

        I made it. Thanks though 🙂

        • Death

          Well that’s nice. I think I’m gonna get some sleep soon. No work tomorrow due to fever and a two week holiday starts soon. Shit’s gooood.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            I work a shitty 8-5 as an assistant making minimum wage. Being 18 without a degree sucks

          • Death

            I work as a teacher in a gymnasium (quite similiar to high school).

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            Sounds like it could be either really cool or really shity. I just started college, I really want to be an accountant

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            I feel better about myself now

          • Death

            You really shouldn’t

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            I have a feeling we’d get along IRL. Go to your warm bed, scurb. Tomorrow it will be like 10 or 20c

          • i think we’d all get along with Death IRL. i know if i ever met him, i’d definitely have to start with a noogie.

          • Death

            It’s not that shitty because mostly students that come to my courses are not douches. Of course there are some dicks, but it feels good failing them when they don’t study at all.

          • Guacamole Jim

            Whoa.

  • I like Charlie XCX. I forgot who on here recommended it to me, but I love it. Kinda dreampoppy, and a great soundtrack to mighty Best Korea trampling Sony and getting them to cancel ‘The Interview’ in theaters altogether.
    Hah, why not instead partake of the true Christmas adventures of your Supreme Leader?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EALhTc-hE8&index=9&list=PLuKg-WhduhklQR2uqYCE_aSZgfJLsy4fx

    • Death

      The great leader has lost 5 Death points.

      • But gained 1000000000000000000000000000 points for crushing Sony and Seth Rogan. And nyeah, Death, we are celebrating here in Best Korea knowing that no one has ever has or will die here. From anything.

        • Death

          I don’t know who those two are, so no points for that.

          • Do I get points for having actually watched more than one Ingmar Bergman film?

          • Death

            Hmmmmmm, you get points for thaaaaat.

          • Ridley Scott’s one of my favorite directors, if not my all time fave. But his new one looks like it’s gonna be a terd storm. And the new Prometheus won’t have the Alien in it? Did he not even watch the end of his own film?!

          • Death

            Haven’t seen Aliens or Prometheys

          • KJM

            Aliens was great. Prometheus looked beautiful, but otherwise sucked dog turd.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            KJ i’ve been smoke-free for 8 days. Am I dying? What is this feels?

          • KJM

            Ack, you still waiting to take that drug test?

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            By Friday (waiting as long as possible, understandably)

          • KJM

            Always best to be safe.

          • Nyeah, I’ll show you some of my all time favorite movie. Damn you, Toilet, you found out my love of foreign dramas!

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbq-NQohIAc

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Smd_xZHCCzI

          • watch Alien, Aliens, Alien3, Alien Resurrection, and Prometheus. i’ll wait here…

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            Prequel = You can do whatever you want

          • Not when the main character is at the end of the prequel and the whole sum of the entire series!

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            You get 0 points for not mentioning any Godard films.

          • Death

            Go back to r/atheism, son

          • Jean Luc Godard? I fucking hated his newest one, Silencia or whatever that shit on the boat in the middle of the ocean was called.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            Godard is the cinema equivalent of Darkthrone or Burzum

          • Death

            Darkthrone sucks, burzum is ok.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            I’ll give them both an “ok.” I actually prefer Varg’s ambient works. Darkthrone is a bit pedantic. So is burzum, for that matter.

          • Not saying much, but his older films are magic. Curious if you like Akira Kurosawa, speaking of the whole Criterion Collection crew. And curious if you ever seen Captain Abu Raed (one of my top 10 fave foreign films).

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            I’m a huge Kurosawa fan. Rashomon is genius.

          • Death

            Have you seen Aki Kaurismäki’s movies?

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            I have not?

          • Death

            He’s got some good movies.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            I’ll check instant prime later and see if there’s any subs

          • I haven’t. Is there one you’d recommend?

          • Death

            Tulitikkutehtaan Tyttö (The Match Factory Girl) is pretty good.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            Give me more than one, in case that one isn’t available free

          • Death

            For you, no

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            Just like all Finns, scoundrel

          • Youtube it for me!

          • ‘Ran’ was really good too.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            Its actually been since college that the films/filmmakers that i’ve seen talked about on here lately have I watched (Godard, Cronenberg, Bergman, Kurosawa).

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            Ikiru

          • Yes, one of the first real horror movies. That film is fucked up, but ‘Hausu’ is that on steroids.

            http://www.i-mockery.com/minimocks/hausu/hausu32.gif
            http://www.i-mockery.com/minimocks/hausu/

          • BLVKKBEVRD, PVRPLE WYZDOOM

            I’ll check it out KJU, with all the music I have to listen to, movies are real low on the list.

          • Well, have fun with one of my personal heroes, and they’re short. RIP, Rik Mayell, you magnificent bastard!

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKfbSHW9uGA

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QC3sURgYxng

          • BLVKKBEVRD, PVRPLE WYZDOOM

            Tsk tsk KJU, like I haven’t seen Black Adder before.

          • KJM

            Throne Of Blood, High & Low, and Ran.

    • BLVKKBEVRD, PVRPLE WYZDOOM

      lol “they will want careers in the arts and protein in their diets”

      GJ KJU

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    happy holidays toilet ov hell—from yer friends at @gunsforkids.com—–

    “white christmas”
    —-christmas hymn/aryan winter festival manifesto

    KILL SANTA CLAUSE!!

    ———–
    all 3 at once–
    watch1st vid=muted
    listen to 2nd vid-100%vol
    listen to 3rd vid 50%vol

    http://youtu.be/gQJX8v0sC3Q

    http://youtu.be/GJSUT8Inl14

    http://youtu.be/GD3VsesSBsw

    • Guacamole Jim

      En-fucking-lightening.

    • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNCYENT WYZDOM

      christianity = burden of our age — stolen dieties and holidays — agenda 21 for the masses

      celebrate your god — the government — puppet boy of eons’ disgrace

      — burn your altar — save yourself — or doom us all

  • Ferris Mueller

    Fucking great post, Edward. What I like most about what you’re doing here, besides introducing us to a ‘new’ genre in PExxx, is you’re taking the opportunity to explain the noise, the emotion behind it, and how it comes together to form a cohesive work. Some how I missed your interview with Swallowing Bile, reading that one now.

    • Edward #negrod4eva

      Thanks Ferris! I am glad people are getting something out of these articles. It’s cool given how difficult the subject matter and “music” is. I also hope you enjoy the interview. I have been chatting with Ethan / Swallowing Bile since I first emailed him about a story he was featured in. Seems like a hell of a guy, despite the crazy sounds he produces lol