Swallowing Bile: An Interview and a Review of Secluded

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Many of us have had thoughts of revenge. Someone cuts us off in traffic while text messaging behind the wheel, they veer dangerously close and cause us to have to pull sharply out of the way. An overzealous employer micromanages every minute of our day and criticizes us down to the smallest detail of our work. We are scorned in a romantic relationship by the sudden revelation of impropriety. For a brief moment, we imagine causing great bodily harm to our oppressors. Most of us would not act on these thoughts, but they are altogether very common. Sometimes these thoughts linger past fleeting moments, and we entertain the idea of revenge longer than we consider to be acceptable or practical. We become aware we shouldn’t still be feeling these thoughts, and the anxiety of this inappropriate consciousness wears on us. Tension builds. We can not escape this singular idea which has taken over our minds. We begin to plan. We begin to act. The perfect opportunity is just around the corner.

Swallowing Bile’s release Secluded (Die Song, 2014) tells the tale of a revenge fantasy. It does so through lyrics, track titles, and Swallowing Bile’s blend of power electronics and harsh noise wall; this album leans towards the latter throughout. The album’s first track, “Dormant Killer” gives us a cue as to what awaits through its name, but opens quietly. This is a rare instance in Swallowing Bile’s collective output that doesn’t cause immediate oppression of the senses. Has Swallowing Bile gone soft? Say it ain’t so. Fear not, this is simply is not the case. “Dormant Killer” slowly builds with a distant, ominous echo that sounds somewhat like gears turning; static and feedback creep in near the end of its near three minute run into a cacophony of harsh noise which leads into the album’s second track, “Never Again”.

 

“Never Again” explodes in a mess of harsh noise electronics and introduces us to Swallowing Bile as the crazed narrator of this tale. Swallowing Bile’s vocal delivery is a pained, maniacal shout, easy to comprehend but delivered with unquestioning menace.

“PROWLING THE STREETS COMBING THE BACK ROADS SEARCHING FOR THE IDEAL SPOT

I’VE ALREADY SELECTED MY LUCKY TARGET CROSSED ME LONG AGO DOUBT HE EVEN REMEMBERS BUT I NEVER FORGOT”

Swallowing Bile’s lyrics often form a strange prose, long stretched out lines drawn into poetry, this is not entirely consistent through “Never Again”, but appears often enough for the listener to take notice. The narrator describes waiting outside his victim’s apartment at 3:00 am, finding him returning home drunk, and kidnapping him with a crowbar. This kidnapping was planned in advance, the narrator lined his pickup truck with plastic to avoid getting blood in the bed of it. The harsh static sharing space with this narration is overwhelming, until the track changes tone when the narration cuts off about two minutes in. The noise sounds windswept. Learning this project was recorded on location reveals a great deal. While most power electronics, despite their ferocity, have a cold, sterile, or robotic sound to them, Secluded, in its whole, has a rustic, outdoors feel to it. This points to the rural locations its narrator describes. “Tainted Vision” continues the movement to the rapidly approaching climax. It begins with two more minutes of howling noise and feedback, with the same windy definition, until the narrator explains his motivations, “[my conscious] is impervious to morals, immune to ethics, and blind to reason”. The reason for his often self-exile is so he won’t have to kill again, and describes a plot of graves behind the schoolhouse, under a cornfield, where he has placed many victims. Warnings are proclaimed of “keep your distance, stay away, stay away” before the track disintegrates.

“Lurking The Trails” offers a small moment of relief; similar to “Dormant Killer”, it begins quietly and crescendos gradually. These moments are surprising at first; but they have led me to believe this is the most fully realized Swallowing Bile project yet. This is a sign of an artist becoming comfortable both with this particular project and in his overall sound and concept. Secluded does not simply rely on destruction and devastation, which is the modus operandi of the power electronics genre. Secluded still manages to produce anxiety by its completion. “Lurking The Trails” offers dull static, and sounds weave in and out that could be noise or a cult like chant by the narrator. The narrator is moving his victim from truck to a secluded location of his choosing. “Dumped Into The Creek”, while not the loudest moment on Secluded, opens with harsh static that sounds like a bomb compared to the previous track. “Dumped Into The Creek” is Swallowing Bile as harsh noise wall, imposing over the course of its near six minutes, until it fades into nothingness.

Finally, the climax. “By Her Tongue” opens on haunting, distant noise. It becomes increasingly hostile. Swallowing Bile begins to sing, in a very bizarre, off key manner (the killer gleefully carrying out his task?) amidst increasingly intense power electronics blasts. Swallowing Bile’s pained vocal delivery returns, however, in the album’s final two minutes. We discover this “target” is a woman, and that this ghastly story features more than victim. This leads credence to the grave plots described earlier on “Tainted Vision”. We get the impression this won’t be the last victim, either. Swallowing Bile closes this album by repeating the phrase,

“THIS IS NOT A THREAT THIS IS A FUCKING PROMISE

THIS NOT A THREAT THIS IS A FUCKING PROMISE”

Have these events occurred, or have they occurred simply in the narrator’s mind? Has he imagined these killings, as perhaps many of us have imagined similar horrific events? Secluded is the most fully developed Swallowing Bile album yet. Secluded benefits from quieter passages as they build tension to its conclusion. It is cohesive, and carries the listener through its thirty minute, harrowing run. Swallowing Bile continues the tradition of being one of the darkest, most abrasive noise musicians in the genre today. His catharsis is our weakness.

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After covering Swallowing Bile for the Toilet Ov Hell, I reached out to him to let him know he was featured prominently in a series about dark and difficult music. Ethan Ebeling, the sole individual responsible for Swallowing Bile, responded to me and allowed me to interview him for this site. I found Ethan to be the diametric opposite of his musical persona, he is courteous, enthusiastic, grateful, and seems extremely knowledgeable about music (a quality I greatly admire in others). What follows is the interview I conducted with Ethan via email. I would like to extend my thanks to him for taking the time to talk with me about Secluded, Swallowing Bile, some of his other musical ventures, and music in a more general sense.


Edward: You described Secluded as your most personal work to date, can you elaborate on that a bit further? It sounds like the soundtrack to a kidnapping/murder.

Swallowing Bile: All of the locations mentioned (whether it be in track titles or lyrics) are places that I spent my formative years living in. Although the basic plot of the release reads like a typical Power Electronics album there are segments lyrically that I tell stories from my childhood…mostly involving my uncomfortable and haunting experiences from living in an incredibly small town in a very rural area. Nothing but corn and woods.

Edward: Can you tell me what exactly you used to produce Secluded, equipment wise?

Swallowing Bile: The equipment used to create the material on “Secluded” is relatively simple. What makes the impact, however, is entirely in the sourcing. Every sound generated on the release was captured organically by myself via field recordings (these were produced in the locations depicted within the individual tracks, too!). For instance, I recorded during storms, in the creek, the middle of cornfields, late at night in the backwoods, etc. I believe that there is never a need to drown everything in pedal distortion and mask the natural beauty of unadulterated sound. I also utilized scrap metal, assorted knives/hunting supplies, chains, barbed wire, shattered mirrors, crushed bones, and my own voice.

Edward: Wojtek, released in 2012, appears to be your first album available on Bandcamp. Did you record any albums or music prior to that? If so, was any of that music available to fans via cassette or CD? You have been quite active since, releasing albums, featuring on splits, and have also toured and performed at events like Summer Scum. Is there anyone you have not worked with yet that you would like to?

Swallowing Bile: Wojtek was my first full-length release. However, I had recorded a few small-run cassette splits prior to that (one with Wet Dream Asphyxiation, one with Deceiver…). I had been recording material on the ambient end of the spectrum for about two-to-three years prior to the inception of Swallowing Bile…I have all of that material still but haven’t the slightest idea what to do with it. It’s a primitive mess. I’ve been fortunate to have such great friends within the Power Electronics/Harsh Noise scene…without them allowing me to play their shows, release material via their labels, and being so courteous I would not have had the reach that I’ve achieved. I am currently in the process of working with a few artists I have been dying to work with for a couple years now…but ideally I would love to do a split/collaboration/anything with Slogun, Brad Griggs, Ahlzagailzehguh, or Bagman. There are others that, in a dream scenario, would be on that list but they are all entirely unrealistic (working with Grunt, Bizarre Uproar, Pleasure Fluids, Deathkey, Brethren, etc.).

Edward: You have given me (and our readers) a wealth of new stuff to check out. I am a new fan of Grunt! It’s been kind of a running thing in our site and community. Are you also a fan of Deathspell Omega?

Swallowing Bile: Grunt is a great project, one of my heaviest influences (especially “Seer of Decay”, “Terror and Degeneration”, and “Ritual of Morality”). Deathspell Omega are interesting… I only really listen to “Infernal Hatred” when I am in the mood for them though.

Edward: How did you / what made you decide to follow noise / power electronics? What are your musical influences inside that genre? Some of the artists you have worked with? What influences your Swallowing Bile project outside of noise, be it metal or any other genres of music? Are you influenced by anything else, apart from what you mentioned about small town living or your rural environment?

Swallowing Bile: Coming into contact with noise was a gradual movement from one extreme to the other…I grew up listening to Black Metal and late 80’s/early 90’s Death Metal. From there I ran into Black Ambient/Ambient that gradually would bleed into experimental/noise territory. I try to keep my influences indirect (not have my work sound too similar to that of my idols/peers…I never want to be a perpetrator of plagiarism). I believe that music/noise should be atmosphere first and musicality/technicality second. Because of this I am incredibly fond of Harsh Noise Wall (Cannibal Ritual, Dead Body Collection, The Rita, Wet Dream Asphyxiation, Werewolf Jerusalem, Burial Ground, etc…), Black Metal (far too many bands to name), and surprisingly Shoegaze (Slowdive is one of, if not, my favorite project of all time…). Creating alternate existences and transporting a listener into these landscapes with only sound is riveting and has become my ultimate goal…to generate space. Back to shoegaze, I am very fond of Catherine Wheel, Lily’s, Flying Saucer Attack, Drop Nineteens, Rocketship, and Duster to name a few.

Edward: I got a chance to chat with Doug Moore of Pyrrhon recently while they were on tour with Artificial Brain. It’s fairly common knowledge that there isn’t a lot of money in underground metal. I am (I’m sure our readers are as well) dying to know, is there any money to be made in power electronics? Selling cassettes, albums on Bandcamp, shows, tours? If not (which I am already under the impression of), what is your real motivator to stay so busy as Swallowing Bile?

Swallowing Bile: There is little-to-no money to be made in Power Electronics/Harsh Noise/Harsh Noise Wall. If I am lucky I’ll make back the cost of purchasing tapes, shells, printing artwork, and shipping! When on tour the money I make from merchandise is either thrown into the gas tank, used for food/beer, or given to other artists for their work. Certain projects have different appeals, however…popular artists can wrangle deals with large scale labels and profiteer a bit from selling copies of their albums, etc. I don’t believe that there should be money, however…this is a niche…a small group of deviants that love bizarre sounds and atmospheres. I create because it’s my addiction…not only to making my own material but to listening to the work of others! It is my driving pulse and making a living, although fabulous hypothetically, isn’t necessary to keep any of “us” going…that’s not what’s important.

Edward: Correct me if I am mistaken, but I read that you front the sludge metal band Black Houses. I listened to the demo, I thought it sounded rad. How did this project come into existence? Do you consider Swallowing Bile to be your main musical project and Black Houses to be a side project? Do you have plans to release more music with Black Houses any time soon?

Swallowing Bile: You are correct, I was involved in Black Houses. Our bassist and guitarist are both in the process of moving (one out of state and the other within state) and that has put BH on an indefinite hiatus. Talks of starting things up next Fall have begun but that is merely a speculation at this point. At the time BH was active I considered SB and BH both to be entirely separate entities. I was only a vocalist in BH so I hardly considered myself a member anyways! SB takes the work of only myself, therefore I am able to write, record, release, and tour at any time that is comfortable for me. Bands are much different…you have more hands in the kitchen trying to make the same meal.

Edward: What’s next for Swallowing Bile? Are you working on anything you can tell us something about? Plans for upcoming shows or tours? Are you working on any other musical projects currently? Is there anything else you’d like to talk about, plug, promote, they could be projects of yours or friends of yours?

Swallowing Bile: Swallowing Bile has only a few live shows lined up for the next few months…I don’t like to play out too often. In late December I will be opening for Ancestral Shadows, Intolerant, Yersinia Pestis, and others at a private event in my home city, and there are currently plans in the works for me to travel down south to play an event in Texas. In terms of recorded output there is a lot on my plate… an upcoming Breathing Problem split + collaboration, a split with Plagues (already recorded…), two possible splits that are being ironed out currently, and plotting out ideas for another solo effort for late 2015.

Currently there are no other projects actively in motion aside from Swallowing Bile. Black Houses is on hiatus until next fall and I don’t have any aspirations to get anything else “cooking” musically right now! I have been working on some private material that isn’t related to SB but that hasn’t solidified entirely just yet…always a work in progress!

I would like to thank you, Edward, and Toilet Ov Hell, for giving me the opportunity to take part in this interview and for the “Secluded” review! Although I would love to take the time to thank absolutely everyone who has helped me/supported me/been a great friend over the past few years I don’t want to shred my fingers into dust…you all know who you are and the impact you have left on me. I recently did a tour with Breathing Problem and Public Health and they are absolutely essential Power Electronics/Industrial project, so please take the time to check both of them out (Breathing Problem just released a new full length “The Keyhole” and Public Health has a tape coming out via Ascetic House very soon…). James Light and Die Song for releasing “Secluded”, distributing fantastic titles and working tirelessly to constantly expand the labels horizons, and for being a great friend over the past year. Also, direct some attention towards Obscure Vanity and label-owner Justin Stubbs project Reinforcement:Punishment. Devastating Power Electronics…we recently did a split that is still available on his site (alongside a bundle of other distributed/label-released items).

 

Once again, thanks to Ethan for taking time out of his busy schedule for this interview. Remember to check out his music at Swallowing Bile’s Bandcamp and pick something up, I’d like him to be able to afford playing a Minneapolis date (no jk).

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  • Edward #RIPNEGROD

    I am at home playing Grunt’s Seer of Decay at this very moment.

    • Death

      I listened to it earlier today. It’s a good one.

      • another check in my poor list of “Things that Death like” 😀

        • Death

          That list isn’t too long. Grunt is pretty dern good.

          • Edward #RIPNEGROD

            I’ve been a serious Grunt kick lately, alongside Psalm Zero’s The Drain and Burial Hex’s The Heirophant. I have three Grunt albums of which I am playing two a lot, because of their digestible length.

          • i hate Grunt.

          • Death

            I’m not surprised. You hate what I like and I hate what you like.

          • that’s one of the many reasons we’re best friends!

          • KJM

            I forget, did you like “Pale Communion” or not?

          • Death

            I did like it.

          • KJM

            As did I, though not as much as Heritage. The live versions of the new stuff are great, still deciding if I’m going to see Opeth this month(Dec 19).

          • Death

            I didn’t like Heritage as much as Pale Communion.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            I want to see them so bad at Terminal 5 with In Flames. I’m still thinking about going.

          • KJM

            Worcester Palladium on Dec 19, I think.

          • another check in my poor list of “Things that Death like that I like too”

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            Death also likes King Crimson and Camel. He likes that kind of 70’s prog that isn’t the band that shan’t be named.

    • George Clarke
      • Edward #RIPNEGROD

        Pushing play on this now GC. Sounds noisy.

        • George Clarke

          i tried emailing it to toiletovhell@gmail.com but got no response.

          • I saw it but I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it just yet.

          • George Clarke

            take ur time, i am a patient person

          • Thank you GC

          • George Clarke

            no, thank you! you can contact the creator of these sounds via the email it was sent to you by or via their soundcloud (it has a messaging function). i think they would prefer to be emailed tho.

          • Edward #RIPNEGROD

            The second track on here is a very famous song (on piano) mashed into the noise. What song is that?

          • Tom Waits For Death

            Fur Elise?

          • George Clarke

            yep. its called Elise Stribt, which means “Elise is Dying” cos Fur Elise means “For Elise”

          • Tom Waits For Death

            ‘Tis yours?

          • George Clarke

            a friend’s.

            for my work, pls check out “Sunbather” and check me out on the twitters where i say witty stuff and maybe catch us on tour okay?

          • all I can see is a Sunbather blanket ._.)

      • Tom Waits For Death

        Classical meets noise!!

  • Death

    This sounds pretty good, but one thing bothers me about the lyrics. “THIS IS NOT A THREAT THIS IS A FUCKING PROMISE” kind of sounds like it could be from a Fallout Boy song.

    • Edward #RIPNEGROD

      Really? I haven’t listened to a ton of Fallout Boy but I have heard a few songs of theirs…

      • I HAVE listened to a lot of Fallout Boy. #yolo
        Gotta disagree with Death on this one.

        • Edward #RIPNEGROD

          Thx 4 the memories, Joe.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            Noooooooo! I hate all that kind of music except for Hawthorne Heights.

    • Call the Slambulance

      I get what you’re saying. It is a bit juvenile delinquent-y, but I think that kind of thing works for PE/HN. It’s much more primal, and therefore much more realistic. A real serial killer isn’t going to stand around spouting profound statements. They’re going to push out some grunted aural pain and hit you with a fucking hammer.

      • Death

        Are you saying that every murderer is not like Hannibal Lecter? I highly doubt that.

        • Call the Slambulance

          I mean, everybody knows that all serial killers have to wear some kind of a mask.

        • Edward #RIPNEGROD

          I’m pretty partial to Ted Bundy as far as serial killer fandom goes, as much as a person can be interested in that sort of thing.

          • Call the Slambulance

            Gacy. That is all.

          • Edward #RIPNEGROD

            Ted Bundy > Gacy

            At the end of his life, before Bundy was executed, he was interviewed by an FBI profiler. The FBI profiler said that Bundy remembered the details of each of his murders down to exact specifics, and would write about Bundy that he lived for murder. Woah.

            I’m not familiar with Gilles de Rais at the moment.

          • Call the Slambulance

            Gilles de Rais is worth looking into, for sure. He rode along side Joan of Arc, but spent his free time worshiping Satan and killing/raping children. He could possibly be the most prolific killer ever, some thinking he was responsible for up to 600 deaths.

          • Edward #RIPNEGROD

            Carl Panzram is a ToH community favorite, dude was fvcking br00tal.

            What about the Angel of Death? Killed like 500 people in a hospital, I think.

          • Call the Slambulance

            Panzram is fascinating. He really brings to light the nature vs nurture argument. I guess I never really considered the Angel of Death a serial killer.

          • Edward #RIPNEGROD

            Ok, so you’re up on the Angel of Death. He/she did kill a ton of people in a hospital yeah?

          • Death

            Do you mean Harold Shipman? Many people have been given that nickname.

          • Edward #RIPNEGROD

            I don’t think so, because his body count looks awfully low.

          • Death

            Does this Angel of Death have a known real name? I would be interested in the subject.

          • Edward #RIPNEGROD

            I’m coming up with Charles Cullen but his body count looks pretty low, too… “at least 40”. Perhaps the person I am thinking of is not nicknamed the Angel of Death.

          • Joseph Mengele?

          • BLVCKBEVRD, PYRVTE VVMPYRE

            I think Link has the best one. Theres no telling how many Mengele aided in killing/torturing

          • Death

            He was the first one that came to my mind, but he was not really a serial killer.

          • Edward #RIPNEGROD

            I am somewhat confident it happened in Russia and there were over 500 victims.

          • Death

            Harold Shipman has the highest bodycount of murderers in medical occupations.

          • Edward #RIPNEGROD

            I also went to consult the wiki on the subject, lol.

          • I don’t rely much in de Rais. He still come from that ages were religious media magnified information for their own purposes :/

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Horrific…just when you think you’ve heard the worst…BOOM. This freak shows up…DAMN!!

          • The Satan Ov Hell

            This may help familiarize you- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1DVq5C6AuI

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Chilling account yes….BUT Gacy lived with his victims. PLUS he was a clown…

            JWG..”its not the dead that give you problems, its the living…”

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            I prefer Gilles de Rais. Gacy scares me too much because I hate clowns.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Yes, this one in particular!

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            I don’t really research killers that often but I did research Gilles de Rais because it seemed weird that someone who rode alongside someone as holy as Joan of Arc could be so evil.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Based upon your recommendation, i will investigate further. Sounds very creepy!

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            He’s an interesting character for sure.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Sounds like it for sure! I grew up in Chicago and was a kid in middle school when they dug up Gacys crawl space…Sooooo I will never forget that creepiness!

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            good point…very ironic. that dude was messed up! geeeez

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Gacy….100% Gacy

          • Call the Slambulance

            Scratch that. Gilles de Rais.

          • Death

            That’s a darn good choice my friend.

          • BLVCKBEVRD, PYRVTE VVMPYRE
    • George Clarke

      good, FOB is tight yo

  • Tyree

    “There is little-to-no money to be made in Power Electronics/Harsh Noise/Harsh Noise Wall.”

    Huh…

    Well done Ed!

    • Edward #RIPNEGROD

      I had to ask, but I already knew the answer to that, lol. I really wanted to hear SB/EE explain his motivations.

    • Akercocke ov Steele

      #stayundergroundnoisewall

      • GL

        #stayundergroundwellwatermurmaidermurderscreechingnoisewallovbyah

        GL

    • CONANtheMomsenFuckingKING

      …………

      • CONANtheMomsenFuckingKING

        ………………….

        • Howard Dean

          Holy fuck!

      • Akercocke ov Steele

        I just wanna sit down with Mikey Rourke and tell him to take a good hard look at himself and to stop what he’s about to do.

    • The Satan Ov Hell

      Well I made 50 shiny pennies from my ambient/black noise album!

      • Tyree

        Well done man!

  • George Clarke

    yeeee another power electronics article 🙂

  • Tyree

    Ed, did you listen to any of the new NIHILL album at all? It’s pretty scary and noisy shit. Not very Electronic sounding but it sounds like something you’d dig.

    http://noisey.vice.com/blog/nihill-new-album-stream

    • Edward #RIPNEGROD

      Tyree, I have not, but I am willing to pause Seer of Decay to listen to a little bit of it now.

    • Edward #RIPNEGROD

      Tyree I did, in fact, listen to that whole NIHILL album yesterday when this story went live. I just let it play. Lol.

      • Tyree

        It’s pretty goddamn terrifying stuff.

  • Call the Slambulance

    Solid shit, Ed. I’m jelly that you got to talk to him 😉

    • Edward #RIPNEGROD

      Thanks B! He is one hell of a nice dude. I doubt he’s a mass murderer.

      • “He seemed like such a nice guy”

        • Call the Slambulance

          “Come to think of it, all of those tortured screams coming from his home were probably people dying.”

        • KJM

          “Kept to himself a lot though…”

  • hey, hey.. this is a well produced interview, bro.. good quality journalism!

    • Edward #RIPNEGROD

      I was going to make a joke on here, something to the effect of,

      where does the line start to collect my Pulitzer?

      • Jajajajaja, you’ve studied journalism?

        • Edward #RIPNEGROD

          Not in the slightest, lol. I took the required English and writing courses in college. I have a degree in Business Admin & Economics.

          • BLVCKBEVRD, PYRVTE VVMPYRE

            In the business of being TVV TRILL

          • In the business of the Power Electroxxx

          • Edward #RIPNEGROD

            *trve trill

          • BLVCKBEVRD, PYRVTE VVMPYRE

            All Cower Before the Emtrillification

          • you conducted the interview very good. trying to empathize with him and stablishing the dialogue. In our school of journalism is the desirable effect. Kudos for that!

            There you go.. I don’t like that Power Electro genre.. But I followed your columns because you make it more appealing to those like me. I think that’s why I readed all the Soundtracks column, because you explained music that I couldn’t understand in the beginning..

            Put it in your sticker book and C. Molenaar’s too! It’s not a Pulitzer, but’s a Toilettzer. More high prize, and will become more valuable to sell in eBay in following years 😛

          • GL

            Link, I am glad you are with us! I love this!

            GL

          • Hubert, Goat ov Doom (and Void

            Will edit in paint later / 10

          • Well.. Now the Toilet have the best of both worlds jajajajaja! Can’t wait for it 10/10

          • KJM

            That sticker variation was genius. I’m still guffawing.

  • Edward #RIPNEGROD

    I really want to see Swallowing Bile live. In somewhat related news, I should get a chance to check out Gnawed on Friday. Gnawed is a well known, local power electronics artist. I’m bringing earplugs.

  • HessianHunter

    Someone please explain the distinction between “power electronics” and “harsh noise”. My thirst for intricate knowledge of genre distinctions must be sated.

    • Edward #RIPNEGROD

      What’s up Hessian.

      In my mind, harsh noise is mostly static. Harsh noise wall (HNW), or what if often labeled that, should not have much in the way of variation. Power electronics generally have vocals, and a wider variety of offensive sounds. In my mind, this track is a pure PExxx track. This thing is super “blasty”, it reminds me of what blast beats accomplish in heavy metal but of course these are electronic sounds. I legitimately think this is one of the best songs of the year. Let me know if that is helpful at all.

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

      • BLVCKBEVRD, PYRVTE VVMPYRE

        I just dont get it/10

        • Edward #RIPNEGROD

          You just don’t get the appeal of PExxx? I find no fault in that, honest.

          • BLVCKBEVRD, PYRVTE VVMPYRE

            Yeah. I mean, from pretty much every standpoint, I dont get it.

            The only noise wall I wanna hear is the sound of the headboard banging up against one! Amirite!? *highfives everyone* *slams two natty ices*

          • Edward #RIPNEGROD

            BDUBS BROS >>>>>>

          • BLVCKBEVRD, PYRVTE VVMPYRE

            See you scurbs at the gym. #getrekt #legday #powercleans

      • How do I suppose to hear this genre? Full vol or low vol?

        • Edward #RIPNEGROD

          Generally the louder the better.

          • BLVCKBEVRD, PYRVTE VVMPYRE

            Play first video at 99% volume, let the void fill in the rest.

          • I’m using cheap in-ear earphones and the first static scared the shit outta of me jajajaja.. all the power violence have screams and offensive, right?

          • Edward #RIPNEGROD

            Yeah, it’s by and large the most offensive genre of music there is (that’s probably debatable). I play some PExxx in my car but I prefer to play it on my sweet home stereo, like any and all other genres of music.

          • i can’t remember which article. But someone said (I think it was you, Ed, or was one noise artist) that these noise genres sometimes were played in low volume and induce some kind cathartic state. He/she said that in low volume he/she could study or work without being distracted..

          • Edward #RIPNEGROD

            Justin Broadrick (of Godflesh) said that, I quoted him in STYA4. I almost didn’t want to include that because dude has an amazing way of describing music, lol. He was talking about Vomir (harsh noise wall) specifically, though.

          • In your case, when you hear it full blast +30db in your home.. What’s your experience? What make you feel inside? Peace? Nerves? Emotional Outrage? Evokes thoughts?

          • Edward #RIPNEGROD

            I find HNW to be unflinchingly brutal, and I don’t listen to much of it. It’s just static! There are thousands of artists producing HNW. At first I thought it was a big joke or a giant conspiracy. When I play PExxx I really like I generally get pretty amped up. It can be hazardous while driving, lol. I’m already finding out, though, that I have pretty specific tastes about what kind of PExxx I like. If you’d like to check out something that may be a little bit more… palatable, check out The Vomit Arsonist. It’s not “easy” by any means but I am a fan of that dude for sure.

          • amped up is excited or energetic? (sorry, first time I’ve read that phrase)..

            In my novice opinion: I can’t concieve that there are “thousand of artists producing” static, jajajaja. I mean, the entire core of that HNW genre is to produce static, and the static itself is one of the most uniform sounds ever created jajaja

          • BLVCKBEVRD, PYRVTE VVMPYRE

            #voidscience

          • Edward #RIPNEGROD

            Amped up, yeah, excited, energized, both work!

          • Thanks for the reply, now I have another view of that genre, Edward.

            In a few minutes entering this Void of PExxx I can say that my mouth tastes like rust, lol

          • Edward #RIPNEGROD

            YES, mouth of rust. In a way, on my end, that’s a mission accomplished.

          • #VoidScience, indeed!

          • Tom Waits For Death

            I think Brighter Death, Now! is a easier-than-many-others entry point into music that can somehow be lumped under the ‘noise’ tag.

        • Hubert, Goat ov Doom (and Void

          You need to listen to it in space, preferably in orbit around Jupiter, with cheap in-ears run through the most powerful Headphone Amp on earth while jabbing needles through your eyes.

      • Hubert, Goat ov Doom (and Void

        That was AMAZING. Will listen to this and Swallowing bijl soon.

        • Edward #RIPNEGROD

          Right?! The first time I heard this I was like,

          that’s that shit I do like.

          I have heard the whole album, it’s great and very well constructed for an album in this genre.

      • George Clarke

        goddamn this is fucking wild fuck love

      • George Clarke

        btw have u ever seen the movie Begotten??? its fucking brutal and is p much a movie version of power electronics/hnw

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gXIaTnT1zE

        • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

          One of these days I ought to sit down to Begotten again, but my overriding memory is of it having an amazing opening but then all too swiftly subsiding into boredom. I saw it pretty early on in my interest in experimental cinema though, I bet I’d get a bit more out of it these days.

        • CT-12

          Glad to see it’s finally on youtube.

        • The Satan Ov Hell

          Love this movie

        • “movie version of power electronics”.. that’s the definition I needed to describe this film, bro!!

        • VV.

          I hate hate hate that movie. It’s the only movie that ever disturbed me too much to finish.

  • Xan

    Awesome interview. I really need to look into Swallowing Bile. The name alone is sickening. I’m always a fan of music that can create a mood, particularly a dark mood. I find it to be crucial in the style of writing I do. It helps when I’m writing lyrics and I need to drown sound out. After listening to a shit ton of the power electronics and harsh noise from the last Soundtrack to Your Annihilation, I’ve actually come up with a lot of ideas for an album of my own in a similar vein of music, though, it will surely be much more ambient than anything else simply because I can’t play any instruments except the piano (barely can play that).

    • Edward #RIPNEGROD

      Thanks, about the interview.

      I am under the impression Prurient made a lot of his noise records with an amplifier and a microphone, and that’s it. A lot of these dudes look to have synthesizer or drum machine setups when they perform live…

      • CT-12

        Great article mang, very interesting read for me and I’m not even that familiar with PE. Solid shit

        • Edward #RIPNEGROD

          I appreciate that CT, I am glad you got something out of it. It was fun to do, more so the interview than the review (because reviewing music is HARD, lol). Thanks!

    • George Clarke

      dude, if u can play piano, grab a synth. or better yet, just use your computer. download audacity and start importing random computer files. it will interpret them as sound. bam, harsh noise wall

  • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

    my everyday: “someone cuts us off in traffic while text messaging behind the wheel, they veer dangerously close and cause us to have to pull sharply out of the way. An overzealous employer micromanages every minute of our day”

    • Edward #RIPNEGROD

      At least the third option has not happened to you recently!

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        for sure cuz that really sucks!

        • Edward #RIPNEGROD

          It would totally suck.

  • Tom Waits For Death

    Power electronics weekly never disappoints!
    Great work Bugsy Ed!

  • The Satan Ov Hell