Soundtrack To Your Annihilation IV: Toilet Ov Power Electronixxx (Deliver Us Unto Evil)

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Hello, and welcome back to Soundtrack To Your Annihilation. Boys and girls, this is the moment you have been waiting for. For those just tuning in, this series began with a simple concept. Take an average fan of heavy metal music. Subject him to records that get progressively weirder, darker, more brutal, and more difficult to listen to. Many of you had doubts. Starting with None So Vile, progressing through Guiltless and Swarth, heading further down through a variety of black metal, we have arrived to that initial promise of a stunning and shocking conclusion. This is the penultimate chapter. I said at the beginning of Soundtrack To Your Annihilation that I would be going on a journey; that journey has led me here. This is the capstone. This is the pinnacle. This is where we stand, at the brink, staring down into bloody hell. This is the precipice, past this point lies only the Void.

What is today’s topic? Noise “music”, and more specifically, power electronics. I have found power electronics to be the most oppressive, corrosive, oppositional, and violent genre of music I have yet to experience. Power electronics bleed hatred through whatever device you choose to consume it with. To say that it is “difficult” would be a radical understatement. Information about the genre is limited, even on the internet, where casual searching will reveal little. Just compare the wiki of power electronics to the wiki of black metal. This is the heart of darkness. This is the “rabbit hole of what the fvckery” mentioned in the first installment. This place is reserved for only the bravest and the most foolhardy. This edition will feature a preliminary introduction to noise, cover a variety of harsh noise and power electronics, and move beyond power electronics to the reigning despot of harsh noise wall. Today, everything you thought about brutality goes out the window.

The internet defines power electronics as “screeching waves of feedback, analogue synthesizers making sub-bass pulses or high frequency squealing sounds, and screamed, distorted, often hateful and offensive lyrics. Deeply atonal, there are no conventional melodies or rhythms”. My co-conspirator explained to me that the goal of power electronics is to “alienate the listener as much as humanly possible”. A brief disclaimer: I am not *the* ultimate authority on power electronics nor harsh noise. You could likely find 7,257 people on Facebook that are more well versed in these genres of noise than I, and may very well write me off as a poser neophyte who has only scratched the surface of these bizarre and sometimes wonderful genres of “music”… or maybe not.


Premature Ejaculation: A Precursor To Noise

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Premature Ejaculation was formed in 1981, as a side project of Rozz Williams of Christian Death. The project released three cassette tapes and put on a handful of live shows during this initial phase of the band’s development. Premature Ejaculation were known for their bizarre and offensive live shows, which included mock crucifixions and a member eating and vomiting up a dead cat they found on the side of the road. I am remiss to tell you despite my best efforts, I was unable to find a video of that performance. It has been documented, however, in a book called Hardcore California if that’s something you choose to seek out. Premature Ejaculation’s second phase began in 1985. Rozz Williams had left Christian Death to pursue more experimental, less guitar and drums driven music with Premature Ejaculation. The group continued to use taboo imagery in their live performances, most notably a Nazi swastika with a dollar sign inside. Were they Nazis? It seems not. Premature Ejaculation attempted to point out the parallels between American society at the time and Nazi Germany. Their live performances also continued to include meat and dead animals, and shocking imagery like projectors showing patients undergoing facial surgery. Premature Ejaculation would continue to release music up to Rozz William’s death in 1998, and released one album posthumously (per Williams), 6 in 2001.

Premature Ejaculation would be credited as innovators and influences on later noise acts. Their sound has been labeled as noise, industrial, or dark ambient, but it is difficult to pin down. They were different than many of the underground trends of the era they started in. In the spirit of this series, I will say that their music is not more difficult than any of the albums we have covered (keep reading, don’t worry your pretty little heads). They are worth investigating as an early experimental and noise act, and fit well in this series based on their well documented obscene live performances. I would encourage you to learn about them if any of this strikes your interest. I am choosing to include excerpts from two of their later albums, Estimating the Time of Death (1994), and Wound of Exit (1998).


Prurient: Harsh Noise

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To call Dominick Fernow “prolific” would be putting it lightly. As the man behind projects including, but not limited to, Vatican Shadow, Exploring Jezebel, Ash Pool, Christian Cosmos, Mitochondrial DNA, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement, Roman Cross, Vegas Martyrs, a former member of Cold Cave, and the owner of label and record store Hospital Productions, Fernow has been credited in one form or another on well over one hundred albums and cassettes. The focus of Fernow here is his perhaps best known, longest running noise project, Prurient. Prurient has released a variety of noise focused projects to date. Since the beginning of the project in 1998, Prurient has released albums as harsh noise (The History of Aids, 2002), muffled electronics in a vaguely black metal slant (Cocaine Death, 2007), and more recently a much more accessible mixture of noise with dance music (Bermuda Drain, 2011 and Through the Window, 2013). Prurient has done splits with Kevin Drumm, Mikko Aspa’s power electronics project Grunt (of which I am a new fan of), Sutcliffe Jugend, Justin Broadrick of Godflesh’s JK Flesh, and many others. Personally, I have listened to a tremendous amount of these projects without being close to complete. It would be impossible to cover Fernow’s (or Prurient’s) career in this space, so this section will focus on a few difficult excerpts. A note: I don’t consider Prurient to be power electronics. He is sometimes labeled as such, and I mentioned he has collaborated with several power electronics artists, but I feel safer placing him in the broader category of “noise”.

An excerpt from Prurient’s 2002 album History of Aids. Not exactly harsh noise wall, due to the fluctuations throughout this track (and the album), The History of Aids is, however, forty five minutes of harsh noise.

 

What better way than to open his 2005 album Black Vase than with nigh sixteen minutes of high pitched, squealing feedback? Spoiler: Prurient works some static noise in with the feedback at around the fourteen minute mark.

 

From his 2008 album And Still, Wanting, Lust End features more cathartic noise blasts than seen earlier on The History Of Aids “Precious Love”, and also features Fernow’s maniacal vocal performance. Vocals have become more prominent in Prurient’s later career; the marriage of Prurient’s noise and shouts is my favorite part of his work. This particular track descends into a chaos of feedback, static, and howled vocals by its end.

 

“Mask Of The Boys”, from The Black Post Society (also 2008), opens with more menace but less catharsis than “Lust End”. It begins with a wobbly synth but shortly descends into a mixture of static, feedback, and calm spoken word. The spoken word becomes more and less distorted as the track progresses, this track shifts and mutates over its near ten minute run time. Spoken word becomes hostile shouts, the title “Mask of the Boys” is used over and over. The track returns to a menacing synth and spoken word by its conclusion. I hoped to include something from Prurient’s album Palm Tree Corpse (2011); this last Prurient track is somewhat similar in its sounds and themes.


Sutcliffe Jugend: My Introduction To Power Electronics

Friday, July 18th, 2014. It’s a bit before midnight. I am up late, my (then) girlfriend is sleeping. I am checking out some of the earliest stories on the Toilet Ov Hell and catching up on some Disqus comments and replies. I’m having a conversation with the Toilet Ov Hell’s own Max Duncan, who offered me a musical recommendation. The recommendation was Sutcliffe Jugend’s When Pornography Is No Longer Enough. Sounds interesting, right? I thought so too. With no prior knowledge of Sutcliffe Jugend, I put on my giant, oversized headphones and eagerly pushed play.

When Pornography Is No Longer Enough’s is an apt descriptor for the concept of this album, pointing to the much more virulent fantasy of committing murder. The lyrics on this album are maniacal shouts and obscenities. The narrator orders his victim around and walks us through acts of violence and sexual assault, all through a soundtrack of harsh noise, feedback, squealing electronics, buzzing, bass, and a bit that sounds vaguely like a fog horn, among other offensive sounds. I have read that this is the definitive power electronics album. There may be better albums in the genre, but this is *the* example of what power electronics is. It has no remorse. It is highly offensive. This particular album acts as performance art over the electronic soundtrack, but it does not strike me as pretentious or humorous. After my initial listen, I will say that I gave this a lot of thought for a couple of weeks after I listened to it. It left an indelible impression. Perhaps a Youtube comment posed the question best, “You ever question your sanity listening to stuff like this?”

Sutcliffe Jugend shared members with pioneering power electronics act Whitehouse. Both groups have released an extensive amount of albums, and have been the subject of great controversy. Power electronics is a sketchy scene at best, and sometimes something far worse. This is partially due to the fascination with topics that are not socially acceptable, and the desire of such bands to provoke negative emotions in the recipient. Check out the history of either band for examples; check out the history of former Whitehouse member Peter Sotos for a grim look at taking these interests too far.


Swallowing Bile: Power Electronixxx / The Apex

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Noisey just ran a story entitled Revisiting The Most Terrifying Album Of All Time, which was about Stalaggh’s Projekt Misanthropia. Only problem is, that’s not the most terrifying album of all time. Why? I will say it is a terrifying listen, but they neglected to think of Swallowing Bile. You have already been introduced to Swallowing Bile via the Toilet Ov Hell. Swallowing Bile has consistently released music more terrifying than Projekt Misanthropia. Swallowing Bile is the end result of Soundtrack To Your Annihilation. This is the goal I had in mind from the beginning; this is the apex. Swallowing Bile is hatred packaged in an aerosol can sprayed directly into your fvcking face. Swallowing Bile is darkness incarnate. Swallowing Bile is top tier musical violence. In what I have already described as the most oppressive, corrosive, oppositional, and violent genre of music, Swallowing Bile is its twisted champion. There is none more sinister.

Swallowing Bile’s music lends itself to a certain kind of immediacy, a strange form of present moment awareness, based on its urgency and explosiveness. With any amount of volume, this is not background music, it is absolutely apparent. Swallowing Bile generally plays a version of high intensity harsh noise wall or his rage soaked, filthy brand of power electronics. As with Prurient, I tend to prefer his music with vocals. I have included his first full length album, Wojtek (2012), and his 2013 album Obsession. The first two tracks on Obsession, “My Obsession” and “Pissing In Your IV” are a good example of each half of this artist. Check out both! A relative newcomer, Swallowing Bile has been very active and released a full length album, a number of shorter albums, and has also done many splits and features. His 2014 album, Secluded, would likely make my Best of 2014 List if it were available digitally, solely based on the strength of the one track available, “Never Again”.


Vomir: Harsh Noise Wall / The Void

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ย “no ideas, no change, no development, no entertainment, no remorse”. This is the mantra of France’s Vomir, one of the reigning producers of harsh noise wall, or HNW, in the entire world. Harsh noise wall is as far as sound can move away from music. It’s descriptor is accurate, it is simply unchanging, imposing, impenetrable walls of static. There are no traditional instruments or melodies whatsoever. While many acts labeled as harsh noise wall (of which there are countless artists) feature fluctuations to their “walls”, Vomir does not. He has described his sound as having “no evolution”, and he has also said “a wall can never be described as a ‘success’ in the way you mean”.

I was somewhat surprised to learn that Justin Broadrick of Godflesh is a big fan of Vomir; Broadrick was recently profiled about his favorite albums and had this to say about Vomir.

“I’ve always been very obsessive with noise music – early industrial music and what lead to the power electronics thing. I’m fairly well versed in and excited by, still, extreme noise. I have a very select taste for it, believe it or not, and Vomir is the finest exponent of what’s called ‘HNW’ which is harsh noise wall, and the whole concept is that it’s one huge, monolithic, static wall of noise and that’s it. And its function is however you wish to approach it. I have used it in a number of ways – if you play it at a low enough volume, it’s ambient, I can write with it, it’s a good trigger for thought. At a louder volume it’s about being consumed because it’s an unwavering static wall of noise but for me there’s absolutely beauty in such uncompromising singularity – I can’t help but admire something so fucking monolithic. It’s like a never-ending brick wall. It is the ultimate black hole, it is the fucking void of birth and death right before you, you know what I mean? I love this dude, I love this shit. Like I said, it’s a movement in itself. People say, “Well anyone can do that” and I often say: “Try it then”. And usually it doesn’t have the finesse or create the same sense of void”.

Vomir is the polar opposite to anything that can be considered music, and moves past other noise genres by stripping away everything that makes up those genres. He has been noted for his live performances as well, performing with a plastic bag over his head, and often standing motionless or laying down on the floor. He has explained his motivations, but the whole thing has a touch of humor, the absurd, and a surrealism not often matched by other musicians or noise artists. He is the modern descendant of Anti-Art. I have included two Vomir albums/tracks; I selected these based on their length. I have had disagreements with my co-conspirator of this series about Vomir. I find his noise to be unflinchingly brutal. You may have the same experience, and I doubt any of you will be able to go the distance on either of these tracks. You may choose to accept this as I do, use it to drown out your obnoxious neighbors, use it to write music like Justin Broadrick, or achieve some form of enlightenment through harsh noise wall as meditation.


In yet another example of stalwart Toilet Ov Hell journalism, I would like to retract a statement I made on a previous Toilet Ov Hell article. I ran a story about a song premier for New York based artist Pharmakon prior to the release of her new album, Bestial Burden. In said article, I labeled Pharmakon as a power electronics artist, as she is commonly labeled by popular media outlets. I count myself as a Pharmakon fan, but I no longer believe she produces power electronics. Death industrial is probably a closer fit. I discovered this by listening to Abandon and Bestial Burden many times, and also by listening to artists like the ones profiled in this article. Granted, I have not heard her whole cassette catalog and I am basing this off of her two most recent releases, but I am not sure why this misappropriation of labeling has occurred with such consistency.

That about wraps things up for this edition of Soundtrack To Your Annihilation. I hope you have learned a great deal about noise and power electronics and enjoyed the series to date. Keep on the lookout for a special edition of this series coming in the near future, affectionately labeled with a working title of “the lolbuttz edition”.


Stay Void, Toilet.




You can check out some great additional reading on Premature Ejaculation and Vomir as well.

The Sound Of Premature Ejaculation, 1981 – 1998: The Definitive History

Anti-Musicality: An Interview With Romain Perrot of VOMIR

Thanks to Christian Molenaar for the assist in the conception, planning, and execution of this series.

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  • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

    In the spirit of STYA, and based on my crazy, off the head gorilla math, you could easily listen to both Premature Ejaculation tracks, all 4/5 Prurient tracks, When Pornography Is No Longer Enough, and a Swallowing Bile full length album of your choice before the next post goes live in two hours.

    • All at the same time, only adding to the hysteria.

      GL

      • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

        That could get a little… messy.

      • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz would approve.

        • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

          Third track, half volume.

          • Mind is blown at the moment. Ears are blissfully bleeding euphoric streams of lifelove.

  • Death

    I would kiss you if I could, Eddie boy.

    • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

      I almost wrote something about Grunt but you (and the community) would have all known I just started listening to that, lol.

      • Death

        I’ve heard some debate on which is more disturbing: Nicole 12 or Sutcliffe Jugend. I’d have to go with the former.

        • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

          I found Nicole 12’s imagery to be mildly disturbing but musically Sutcliffe is much more disturbing. Nicole 12, musically, was unspectacular in the limited amount of time I spent listening to it.

          Grunt >>>>>>>>>> Nicole 12

          • Death

            The concept and imagery of Nicole 12 is much more disturbing than the music.

          • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

            Exactly.

          • Death

            There’s some debate on whether the project is against or for the subject it tells about.

          • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

            I’m guessing either in support of or dude just wants to rile feathers and offend people like much of the noise community. He (Mikko Aspa) apparently runs some pretty questionable porn magazines or companies. I’ve heard that on here, and I believe it, but I didn’t fact check it much around.

            It’s been a long running conversation here, but, at least for DsO there is no way I’m going to stop listening to them.

          • Death

            I read an interview where he talked a little bit about his magazines. Apparently they don’t feature illegal stuff, but I remember him saying that the illegal stuff interests him.

          • It all sounds pretty damn shady. I wouldn’t go bowling with the guy.

          • Death

            I think none of us would. I’ll listen to some of his stuff but won’t invite him for coffee.

          • Tyree

            I’m finishing my coffee.

          • Death

            Coffee is love.

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            What about boweling?

          • Tyree

            Nice.

          • Max

            Well, I remember the month we forgot our boweling. That was an unpleasant experience for all concerned.

          • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

            Howard Dean recently shared with me some of Aspa’s personal philosophy. He put it in a way that made sense to me and seemed to fit what little we know about his character. Sounded reliable.

          • Kim Jong Un’s Anal Rampage
          • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

            I actually have started to get into Nicole 12 after getting past the fact that some songs practically feature it in all its horror. Grunts a lot better though musicwise more disturbing. In that way Nicole was a small disappointment.

  • Xan

    Jesus Christ, I’m only two paragraphs in and there’s already the consumption of a dead cat. My bowels have liquified.

    • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

      I made an honest effort to find video but to be fair it was from the 80s.

      • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

        Plus I was repeatedly Google searching “premature ejaculation” which led to some interesting and silly things all on its own.

        • Look for your ad results to be very, very different for a while.

          • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

            Proud user of Adblock Plus, here.

          • yeah.. and if you find any good articles, i have a friend that would like to learn a little more about said topic…

      • Xan

        I’m not sure if I would watch the video. Five years ago, I would have but something changed in my mind and I have difficulty watching shit like that now. Makes me feel weird.

        • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

          On Saturday night I watched a documentary about Snuff films with my BFF and his fiancee. It was pretty dark dude, darker than most of the shit I watch lately, too.

          • Wouldn’t mind watching that at all….also this Sotos sounds like a piece of garbage…i must read all his work.

          • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

            I’m pretty sure it’s called “Snuff: A Documentary On Killing On Camera” or something very, very close. I think the whole thing is on Youtube.

          • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

            The very one.

          • Xan

            Do you remember the name of the documentary? Sounds like something I might watch to evoke some dark emotion for writing. Using it for a college class would be fun too as I love to terrorize my teachers with odd and weird shit.

          • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

            Ha, I just responded to Gorgasm but here is a copy/paste:

            I’m pretty sure it’s called “Snuff: A Documentary On Killing On Camera” or something very, very close. I think the whole thing is on Youtube.

          • Xan

            Indeed it is. I expect to be horrified by this. The Bud Dwyer suicide video made me feel weird. Funny, in movies, I don’t think twice about somebody getting killed. If it is a real video it becomes so strangely sinister.

          • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

            If you are going to watch it, I won’t give anything away, but the final segment is very chilling. A lot of it is.

    • Would your bowels prefer the consumption of a live cat?

      • Xan

        How about a cuddle part with 100 fluffy puppies?

    • Ferris Mueller

      Feed me a stray cat.

    • Tyree

  • This goes out to all you Lifelovers out there: Brand New: Seventy Times Seven

    GL

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCrgIDXVL-w

    • I HOPE YOU CHOKE AND DIE.

      • HAVE ANOTHER DRINK AND DRIVE YOURSELF HOME

        GL

    • What the fuck, GL.

    • Death

      What I said about you liking bad music was meant to be a joke, but you just made it true.

        • Death

          You just dive deeper.

          • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

            There is an All Shall Perish album I am pretty fond of, I can look up the name when I get a moment to.

          • Death

            You don’t have to, I don’t really like them.

          • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

            The Price of Existence, good album.

    • Brand New is my shit.

      I think we just became best frans.

      • Brand New >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> noise

        GL

        • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

          Brand New did a song about a limo cutting off a little girl’s head, right? My ex-ex-girlfriend was a fan of them, and she played their music a lot and there was stuff I liked in there, particularly the song I mentioned and stuff around that album.

  • Tyree

    Holy insane in depth writing! I can tell you put a lot ov work into this Ed. Well done! This is going to take some time to listen through.

    • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

      Tyree, thank you! This one was a lot of work, but a lot of fun to write too. It got pretty painful playing all this stuff over and over to get the feels for it, lol.

      • Tyree

        Jesus! I can imagine that was pretty insane.

        • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

          It made me want to cleanse my palate listening to some Rhianna afterwards for a bit.

  • Call the Slambulance

    Youtube videos aren’t working on campus right meow, so I’m only listening to Swallowing Bile right now. I’m really liking what I’m hearing. I’m a bit surprised that you didn’t include Diagnose: Lebensgefahr.

    • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

      Swallowing Bile causes me to have a physiological reaction when I play it, srs.

      I’m gonna make a note to check out Diagnose: Lebensgefahr after work today!

      • Call the Slambulance

        That’s how DL is for me. I’m really excited to check out the rest of this! Do it, man. Just prepare yourself. It’s pretty disturbing, and it takes a lot for me to say that.

        • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

          Yeah, you listen to some pretty br00tal shit, understood.

          I’m checking this out right when I get home from work today.

          • Call the Slambulance

            Haha not even necessarily that. I have just developed a high tolerance for disturbing shit, i.e. human suffering and the likes of. But listening to certain tracks on this album just turn something in me.

          • Call the Slambulance

            Transformalin and The Last Breath of Tellus are highlight tracks for myself, though the latter actually possesses musical elements.

      • Call the Slambulance
        • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

          Update: I pushed play on this, letting it go for a little bit. Sounds pretty intense, I’m only a couple of minutes in though.

          • Call the Slambulance

            Haha well, it’s twenty hours later, so I’m assuming you finished it. What are your thoughts?

          • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

            I thought it was pretty intense! It was a little more electronic than I was expecting. Definitely good, but I dunno if it quite caused the same reaction I have when playing Swallowing Bile. I’m gonna definitely revisit it, though.

          • Call the Slambulance

            You’re right, it definitely isn’t in the same realm as Swallowing Bile. DL is a bit hard to describe. I’m glad you enjoyed it, though! Also, I’m really loving SB. It’s really infectious.

          • Edward

            I will say that my diet of music has changed ever so slightly into the noise / power electronic realms lately. I think listening to this kind of stuff has tempered me for it to some degree.

            If Swallowing Bile is your jam, I’m a bit worried for you. Lol.

          • Call the Slambulance

            Same here, actually. I’ve enjoyed dark ambient and the like for some time, but never delved into the world of power electronics and harsh noise. That is until I read your article ๐Ÿ˜‰ I ordered a Prurient shirt last night hahaha.

            Swallowing Bile has become fairly incredible to me, actually. I’ve been listening to it quite a bit, even playing “Obsession” as I go to sleep lol.

          • Edward

            I’m working on a review/interview with Swallowing Bile, he is not like his musical persona whatsoever! Haha. At the beginning of his newest album, for a second I thought dude was maybe going a little soft, but by the end of it I was actually a little anxious.

            Mind if I ask where you copped your Prurient shirt? I want a Prurient shirt. I want noise shirts. I want a Swallowing Bile limited shirt!

          • Call the Slambulance

            I saw that on RHRC and I’m really happy about it! It’s always great seeing that artists who make such horrific sound turn out to be incredibly nice folks.

            I’ll email you the link for the shirt; my phone isn’t letting me paste on Disqus. The site is in Italian, which strikes up a bit of fear. If I get screwed again by ordering a shirt online, I’m going to blow a fuse. I know, I do too! Noise shirts don’t seem easy to come by. I saw that limited shirt too! I couldn’t find any sellers.

          • Edward

            I’m at work going down a rabbit hole of looking for Prurient shirts, they seem hard to come by because everyone already bought them.

  • Gonna listen to all of these while fucking around with spreadsheets and math. So far, Premature Ejaculation is pretty cool. Definitely not too harsh and some interesting noises. Will try to go through all of these.

    • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

      As per my initial goal, I selected a few tracks from Prurient I found to be pretty difficult and or weird, but he has released a wealth of music that I enjoy.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
    • Tyree

      Goddamn.

      • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

        I’m putting this on my “post work” playlist. Lol.

        • Tyree

          Yeah, this is some terrifying stuff. I think you’ll dig.

          • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

            Update: I am playing a few minutes of this now, I dig it, and yeah it’s frightening.

    • Max

      You fucking beat me to it. I’d been meaning to recommend this to Ed for quite some time.

      Edit: Why the fuck did they change the cover art? My CD just had a blank black front panel; the logo was on the inside with no illustration.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Sounds like you have the original DSP version? I think this was is a reissue.

        • Max

          Ah, that’s right. I’d forgotten that some of those DSP releases did change artwork when they went to other labels. Sigh’s Scorn Defeat did as well, IRC.

    • Kim Jong Un’s Anal Rampage

      Sorta reminds me of Oneiroid Psychosis.

    • Kim Jong Un’s Anal Rampage

      Can’t get much more disturbing than this little ditty.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvLwN-D2QzY

  • Ferris Mueller

    This might be the best post I’ve read on TOH, while simultaneously having the least listenable tracks presented. When Pornography is no longer enough was really a good listen though.

    • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

      Best post on ToH to date? I really appreciate that but I think you may have missed a couple stories! Lol.

      • Don’t sell yourself short. You really went down the rabbit hole on this series to cover some shit most of us would remain ignorant to otherwise.

        • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

          I agree, for the most part, but there has been some fantastic content on Toilet Ov Hell to the point of being ridiculous.

        • Kim Jong Un’s Anal Rampage

          Quite true. Even people in the industrial scene (which is it’s closest relative and biggest fan base) rarely ever mention noise or power electronics outside of a few shitty power noise bands here and there.

      • Ferris Mueller

        Writing this intently and in-depth about a musical genre which has almost no information or reference points in existence requires a level of dedication rarely found. Like you said, this was the capstone.

        • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

          Sincere thanks. I’m glad you dig it.

      • Max

        I think Ferris has a point, Ed. It’s up there.

        I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: I really admire the way you dive into entire genres like this. And so deeply.

        And this thematic series is really developing.

        • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

          Thanks Max, I appreciate that. This installment ended up being bigger and more in depth that I had originally planned, lol.

          • Max

            And all for the better!

          • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

            The next edition is going to be a “community” edition, and I don’t know what I’m going to work on after that. I have a couple of good possible ideas.

  • I feel like shit today and this IS NOT MAKING IT BETTER, ED. Great article, man.

    • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

      It might be better to check on the later 3/4 of the article tomorrow, Dragonpants.

      • Wait ’til I’ve got some lifeloving to balance out the fvkking Void. I like the way you think.

  • Xan

    Well, this was fucking awesome. Though much of the music is so “out there” that I don’t think I’ll be giving it a regular spin, I definitely have material to put me into a deranged mind when writing. Not good for the book I’m working on but it’ll work with some of the more Lovecraft-esque short stories I’ve got percolating in my mind. This has been one of my favorite series on this site. When Pornography Is No Longer Enough is probably my favorite out of all of these though I need to listen to more Swallowing Bile. This is going to do wonders with curing my chronic nightmares. Stay void.

    • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

      I’m glad you dug the series.

      I’m going to talk a little more about the series as a whole in the next installment, which I plan on being a “layup” lol.

      Stay weird death forever.

  • I wouldn’t be surprised at all if power electronics is used for interrogation techniques. Lowly little citizen, picked from the streets for clicking on a link for ISIS and then thrown into a dark cramped room and subjected to THIS for several hours. I may start my very own PMC that specializes in interrogation, that’s a good idea.

    • Xan

      I hope McNulty and Bauers take note.

      • Death

        McNulty is probably too drunk to remember it.

    • Tyree

      Wasn’t Deicide”s “Fuck Your God” used for interrogation in Iraq at one point? I thought I read about that years back.

      • yup..even found an article about that shizz.

        http://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/jun/19/usa.guantanamo

      • Death

        I’ve heard about that as well. I think they used Skinny Puppy as well. SP sent a bill to them after they found out about it.

        • Virgil the Ghost Poet

          That’s right. CEvin KEy did not want his music for torture. Also I read some where that Metallica Sucks was the most graffitised statement in Iraq.

          • Old Man Hetfield

            It’s also the most said statement in the Mustaine household.

            #GuiltyAsCharged #ButDamnIt #ItAin’tRight

          • Virgil the Ghost Poet

            Hahahaha.

    • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

      I think they used Gridlink’s music for an episode of Homeland in an interrogation scene, but I have not seen the series.

      • Tyree

        That’s awesome! Another reason for me to start that show.

        • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

          I’ve heard good things.

  • Mr.CustodialArts

    PHARMAKON. She was ADORABLE when she opened for GODFLESH…all the screaming! Like married life set to dissonant electronics, wonderful. Oh man, the new GODFLESH, yeeeessssss.

    • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

      I think she is a good lookin’ lady, srs, plus I dig her music. I just think she keeps being labeled as power electronics because it’s a woman in noise music, for Deafheaven like crossover appeal.

  • VV.

    Great work, Ed. I’m a bit worried though that we’ve all been placed on a government watch list.

    • Xan

      Be realistic, we were on one already.

      • Elite Extremรถphile

        Well we haven’t posted about babymetal, so that’s at least one list we aren’t on.

        • I’m already on all of them, so bring it on.

      • The Satan Ov Hell

        I wasn’t on one til I made this. https://irrakur.bandcamp.com/track/calling

    • IronLawnmower

      That Sotos guy is fucked up.

    • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

      Dubya, thanks. ‘preciate it.

  • Xan

    I’d love to trap a bunch of lifelovers (the cunts who constantly post “inspirational” quotes on FaceBook) in a room and assault them from all sides with this shit. They must submit to the void.

    • IronLawnmower

      I retract my statement about not seeing the point in this stuff.

      • Xan

        Even the assiest of metal can offend livelovers. Imagine the possibilities with the audio form of evil!

    • “Damn does that sound fun”
      -scientist after being told the process to dissociate consciousness for project MKUltra

    • Kim Jong Un’s Anal Rampage

      Just make them listen to Swans’ ‘Children Of God’ and ‘World Of Skin’ for days on end, then finish it off with a marathon of every Shining CD.

  • IronLawnmower

    Sorry but I really don’t see the point in stuff like this I really don’t. All I end up with is a headache.

    • Death

      Have you tried to have this lifeloving cured?

      • IronLawnmower

        Yes. Sadly I just can’t push past the barrier.

  • Probably going to be on some sort of watchlist after looking at this article.

    • VV.

      You were already there because of your username.

  • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

    This is good stuff. Music and writing.

    • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

      Edward you are quickly becoming my favorite most-likely-real-person.

      • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

        Ah, thanks! I’m actually a pretty decent fellow when I’m not covering power electronics for a toilet website, lol.

  • This write up is absolutely insane. I could never put words down that describe these artists in a way as appropriate as you do here. I am not worthy.

    • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

      Thanks ACFP, that is much appreciated.

  • dr.derelict

    Open up a bunch of browsers and play everything simultaneously. It’s kinda nice.

  • George Clarke

    love

    • Tyree

      • George Clarke

        ~~~

        • George Clarke

          really tho guys, i’m loving how this website is posting lots about electronic and other non-metal stuff. i am officially boycotting metal sucks

          • You’re the man GC. Be sure to check out the post that’s going up in 15 mins.

          • George Clarke

            will do ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Kim Jong Un’s Anal Rampage

            People still bother with that site? Axl’s the Perez Hilton of metal journalism, and 99.9% of their material is days-too-late regurgitations of everything on Metal Injection and Blabbermouth.

  • NefariousDude

    I feel the wall rustling my jimmies

    • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

      Vomir is the ultimate jimmie rustler. My ex-girlfriend actually told me she hated him before.

      • NefariousDude

        We will see how my gf fares against the wall

  • Stockhausen

    I can’t wait to dig more into this when I have a chance later. I was able to read through most descriptions, but I’m going to turn out the lights and lose my mind to the music later on. It was awesome to see Vomir up here, that sort of thing is really important for discussions on music, even if you don’t have any sort of appreciation for it. And I can’t wait to listen to something supposedly darker and more maddening than Stalaggh.

    • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

      If Broadrick is to be believed, he has hundreds and hundreds of releases. In that fascinating interview I linked at the bottom, Vomir said he has no interest in even the packaging of his music, and another cool quote was that he had an administrative job and a family but that his wife understood his need to get lost in his noise.

  • This is just one of those things that I really want to like, because it would finally elevate me to kvlt status, but I just can’t. I just can’t ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™

    • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

      No worries, the whole concept behind this was to find music as difficult as possible! I do feel like Swallowing Bile adds a stamp to one’s kvlt credit though.

      • Well, no shit. Hard to be trve when you listen to some of the garbage that I do. Or does that make me more trve. #metaphysics

        • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

          I mostly listen to metal, noise, and a little bit of hardcore now, but I do enjoy pop music a little bit and there is some folk or singer songwriter stuff I enjoy and for a long time I was a huge fan of underground hip hop, I spent more time in that fandom than even the last several years I have been super into extreme music.

  • xXEmooKiddXx

    Human Larvae – Home Is Where The Hurt Is

    I picked that up looking for some drone, caused me to miss a few exits on the way home with its depressingly hypnotic draw

    http://humanlarvae.bandcamp.com/album/home-is-where-the-hurt-is

    • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

      The guy who helped me plan this series actually recommended Human Larvae to me and that was the album I listened to! Solid stuff, pretty terrifying, good mix of electronic blasting and he had some lighter stuff on there too.

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    Dude… this is amazing. And scary as hell. I’ve checked out a few power electronics groups before, but never really delved into it like this. And I didn’t even know HNW was a thing until today. I don’t think I could sit through a whole album of any of this stuff, but every now and then I get an itch that can only be scratched by listening to “non-music” that’s dark/weird/insane/maddening/nightmarish/wtf. This shit right here is excellent, and probably terrifying at high volumes. Thank you, Edward. I can’t wait to explore this genre(s).

    Into the void I go…

    • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

      Thank you, I’m glad you dug this piece!

      Another guy who is worth checking out, who is ever so slightly more listenable than Swallowing Bile or Vomir is this dude called The Vomit Arsonist (great name). He has been covered at ToH before, but, I listened to a couple of his albums last night, he has like five albums on Bandcamp and one on Spotify the last time I looked him up there.

      • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

        Thanks man, I remember The Vomit Arsonist being mentioned on here before but like so many other great artists featured on the Toilet, I forgot to check him out further. I’m so behind on my list of shit to listen to. Don’t tell Jack Bauer, but I haven’t even listened to the new Bloodshot Dawn yet. I have a lot of catching up to do, and I’m nowhere near ready to compile a Top Ten list for 2014.

        • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

          I have a feeling you’re safe. I think Jack Bauer avoided this story like the plague, lol.

  • I think your case was similar as the journalist that needs to infiltrate on some bad case of mafia to uncover a goverment or something.. Didn’t listened too much of the stuff you posted, not my type (only did Portal…) but I really appreciate your effort to dig a lot of different genres to unveil and promote other forms of art.. kudos!

    • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

      Have you ever listened to None So Vile, the album covered in the first installment of this? It’s excellent.

      • Cryptosy was the only band I listened on your lists! jajaja.. Decibel Mag published an interview with Lord Worm.. Very funny..

        In name I heared Stalaggh (Oh, wait, i saw that video, why I had to remember :'(, silencer, nattram.. The power electronic thing it’s first time hearing the name..

      • Have listened Premature Ej, Vomir and Prurient.. It’s definitive for me, not will play that genre again.. At least I will when I torture someone! Thanks again for your hard hard work..

  • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

    Now that I’ve gone the diatance with both vomir songs, I am starting to see why someone might not want to listen to this all the time.

  • Virgil the Ghost Poet

    That was fun Ed. It was nice to read about some of the music that I listen to. Being a fan of industrial, I like some noise, power electronics, EBM, ect. I don’t like that static sound. Sutcliffe is as far as I

    • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

      To be honest, I’m not very familiar with Merzbow at all. He has so much stuff, it’s a little daunting to try and decide a point of entry. He would have been an obvious choice for this installment of this series, but his scope is so vast and I didn’t have the knowledge previously I just dunno if I could have done that, lol.

  • Lacertilian

    Although I enjoyed stepping into the Void, I cannot think of a time when I would want to chuck noise on.
    That first track alone would be one of the most confronting things to listen to whilst on psychedelics, I don’t even think I could manage it whilst baked.
    I swear I’m not a lifelover, I SWEAR!!

    • The Satan Ov Hell

      I make this stuff just because it’s a good way to lighten your own mood.

      • Lacertilian

        Fair enough, I like that it exists, let’s put it that way.
        Maybe one day in the future I will re-enter the void, I just hope it is deliberately!

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    Haven’t listend to any of the above yet and I’m pretty sure none will make it into my music library, BUT you got me very excited nonetheless to listen to these and expand my horizons.

    • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

      At the risk of repeating myself (not sure if you checked out all the comments, lol), of all the stuff listed here, I’m the biggest fan of Prurient and the most well versed in his music. I was playing his album Palm Tree Corpse (the album, not the song from Bermuda Drain), on the way into work in a snowstorm, that was quite the… experience. Most of this stuff minus Premature Ejaculation is extremely difficult, hence the goal of the series!

  • Kim Jong Un’s Anal Rampage