Maybe this is and always has been more of a record that I wanted to like, than one that I really did like. I don’t recall the review I wrote for my fanzine, when “Out from the Void” came out, but I tend to believe that it wasn’t bad at all. Yet, in the years to follow, I sold the two copies I had of it. And when yesterday, I saw this single by ANTISECT for a reasonable price at some record store nearby, I just thought, what the hell – I’m buying this, but no matter what, I’m keeping it this time!
So I gave it some rounds today. I immediately knew what it was that I never liked, and that’s how the first song starts off. With these loud, reverby snare beats that sound like coming from some hairmetal band, and the main riff which sounds like many main riffs from particularly british punk bands that had caught the Metallica bug around the mid 80s (think of Concrete Sox or Broken Bones). But after a while, as the song evolves, I cannot deny a certain force it delivers. It’s well played, with a rather shitty production and yeah, the drumming is not the best, but it has some kind of a dark, eerie atmosphere that I’m fond of. The same could be said, except for the shittier metal parts, about the flipside. Generally, I appreciate the the way this single is done: No song titles, no info, just very basic, like a statement of some kind of urgency.
Don’t even talk about “In Darkness, there’s no Choice”, ANTISECT’s masterpiece, released two years prior to this. In a way, it’s grotesque to see how much the band changed and how little they seem to have understood what they did on the LP and what was so extraordinarily great about it. But that’s something you encounter quite often, maybe it’s even the regular process: Follow-up albums sometimes are trying too hard to come up with something new, at least from bands that are not just re-doing their formula over and over again. Maybe that’s a sign of artistic creativity and some form of bravery, whether or not the band succeeds. And when you listen to today’s boring crap in what’s left of the Punk or Hardcore scene, even a halfway failed attempt as this one here still gets the credit of at least trying something that was new at the time.
Quote of the moment:«What strikes me is the fact that in our society, art has become something which is related only to objects and not to individuals, or to life. That art is something which is specialized or which is done by experts who are artists. But couldn't everyone's life become a work of art? Why should the lamp or the house be an art object, but not our life?» (Michel Foucault)
On heavy rotation:
Complex, complicated - and definitely (thank Satan!) not a Metal album.
Roaming and exploring, raping and violating the empty spaces between genres such as Hardrock, Metal, Indierock and Pop like hardly anybody else before. Quite impressive, but definitely not easy going. Metal blockheads will hate this - which is exactly what I was hoping for. GHOST definitely succeed in implementing the postmodern (but thankfully not ironic) satanic image. Songs like "Monstrance Clock" or "Secular Haze" have a presence like hardly anything I can think of, breaking and re-establishing an entire lyrical topic with wit, intelligence and elegance. No ideology, no petty identity scheme comes from this - GHOST leave you in the cold with their concept. This is quite masterful and goes definitely a step further than what's been happening in this field in the past decades. All in all, this might be the beginning of something new in the longer run. I was hoping for such an album for a very long time now.
Movie of the moment:
«Liberal Arts». A highly enjoyable love / coming of age movie. Light as a love affair that went well.
Book of the moment:
Lanchester's «Capital» might be slightly over-ambitioned, but nevertheless is an enjoyable book about the current financial crisis, as set in a London town street, where the new collides with the old and many things - collapse.
- CHEETAH CROME MOTHERFUCKERS- s/t 7″EP (Cessofonya Records, Italy, 1981) May 12, 2013
- In memoriam Jeff Hanneman (1964-2013): SLAYER- Instrumental rehearsal session for “Hell awaits” (1985) May 3, 2013
- GHOST- Year Zero Video March 26, 2013
- OVERDRIVE- s/t 7″EP (Boring Grantham Records, UK, 1981) March 7, 2013
- ANTISECT: Out from the Void 7″ (Endangered Musik, UK, 1986) January 20, 2013
- SCREAMING SNEAKERS- Marching Orders 12″ EP (Screaming Sneakers Records, USA, 1982) January 6, 2013
- F- You are an E.P. 12″EP (Intendo Distorto Records, USA, 1984) December 28, 2012
- VENOM- Witching Hour Video Clip December 26, 2012
- GHOST- Secular Haze Live in Linköping, Sweden, December 2012 December 16, 2012
- KLEENEX- Hedi’s Head Video Clip December 14, 2012