April 24, 2006
Agoraphobic Nosebleed "PCP Torpedo/ANBRX"
If you name your band Agoraphobic Nosebleed, your music your music sure as hell better live up to your name. Of course, there's nothing to worry about with this group of hell-raisers. We're not talking pleasantries here--we're talking about no-bullshit ultraviolent music that's about as subtle as a kick in the crotch. These guys have been around for a few years now, but their latest release is a revisit to an earlier time. PCP Torpedo/ANBRX is Hydra Head's deluxe reissue of a ten-song, six-inch single that was released in 1999. This is its first time to appear on CD, released as it is on a wonderfully convenient Cd-3. Of course, that's not a bad format for a ten-song record that clocks in at around seven minutes. Yep, that's right--we're talking about blasts of noise, guitars from hell, and singing that couldn't possibly come from a sane man. We're not talking lyrical prowess, either. PCP Torpedo is nothing less ear-bleeding, soul-disturbing noise. That these folks are associated with Pig Destroyer and Isis isn't surprising, either. There are few records as brutal or as intense as PCP Torpedo, and something inside me makes me think that that's what Agoraphobic Nosebleed intended. Job well done, fellows!
But it gets better, my friends--for these fine folks decided to include a second disc, a collection of remixes by famous people. Entilted ANBRX, this collection features remixes by people who know what noise is supposed to sound like--people like Merzbow, James Plotkin, and Justin Broadrick. Taking the elements of PCP Torpedo, these master manipulators twist and turn and form something entirely new out of Agoraphobic Nosebleed's succinct noiseblasts. Sometimes, the resulting remixes are longer than PCP Torpedo! Some of these remixes are harsh, some are downright--beautiful? Yeah, I'll use that word, because that's the best one to use. If you like noise--you'll love this. If you hate noise--you'll be scared shitless by this. It's up to you.
Listen To: "Thanksgiving Day"