5.30.2013

VEHEMENT CARESS












































"Frailty"
Year:  2015
Country:  US
City:  Boston
Artist:  Bradly Woodham
Label:  Divergent Series
Format:  cassette
Edition:  70 copies
Tracks:  8
Time:  60 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:         Death Industrial






































After some rumours about VEHEMENT CARESS disbanded and Bradly Woodham had abandoned the experimental music scene, we are in front of a real and physical sample of the opposite. VEHEMENT CARESS is totally alive and return to the scene with new recordings, the newest at the moment is this one here entitled "Frailty". This time the musician has choosen sound frankly more close to ambient, drone or space and he has abandoned (in part) the typical satured and extreme harsh noise, which we can to listen to in his old recordings such as for example: "Deceive​ / ​emasculate" (reviewed here below). Here we can find tracks really calm and quiet close to ambient, perhaps with a bit blackened atmospheres and other tracks noisier which the human voice is present as a screams or strange effects. The true is the combination of agressivity and calm, give us a result (in my opinion) more satisfactory and rich in different musical influences, than other recordings perhaps too much extreme. But as always, here below you can the links to listen to them and to choose your favourite of course. Anyway VEHEMENT CARESS show us again its talent to make noisy, crude and rude sounds.
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"Deceive​ / ​emasculate"
Year:  2013
Country:  US
City:  Boston
Artist:  Bradly Woodham
Label:  Apicult
Format:   cassette
Tracks:  11
Time:  60 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:        Industrial        Noise






















This is a typic man with something to say and something to do, that one day took five distortion pedals, some contact mics and started to make noise and more noise until to get the completly definition of "harsh noise". But If you listen to last album tracks his sound become closer to drone and ambient landscpes too. Metalized noise, dirty sounds are very harsh... but from time to time also experiments with the sound of calm and peace. Every moment you can to listen to different kind of distortions, modulations, effects, reverbs, etc. so it's not too fast nor slow and not bored at al. There are a few songs with modulated voices or echoes too, because the musician scream with all his strong. And, of course, is naturally to think about old industrial musicians from the early 80s like Maurizio Bianchi or first Merzbow albums. After have listen to the cassette I was going to see some "youtube"'s and really is very good to see VEHEMENT CARES in live, very fun performances. Apart this tape (I think, the better) this man from Boston has made another stuff avaible totally free in his bandcamp.
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"Existential squalor"
Year:  2012
Country:  US
City:  Boston
Label:  Mineral Tapes
Format:  cassette
Tracks:  4
Time:  45 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:        Death Industrial





































Yet more work from Boston’s finest Vehement Caress. It’s a project that is continuing to expand his sound and styles. Where the last release reviewed here was Flawed Eternity – a drone album dabbling in powerful synth atmospheres – now Existential Squalor brings back the lo-fi noise and power electronics in full force. Side A is really enjoyable with a handful of tracks that are quite varied. Ranging from throbbing power electronics with hateful vocal attacks to sampled speeches accompanied by noise loops and building swashes of sound. Yet side A contrasts with side B where we are presented with one long harsh noise track running the gamut of passages from wall noise to crunchy lo-fi mastery and overdriven distortion. It’s simple and primitive, yet also effective. The recording quality of this tape is more lo-fi than any previous Vehement Caress recording. I’m not sure that’s such a good thing as some of the impact is taken away. But it also seems to match the concept here which can be appreciated. Still good work, and I’d love to see this re-released as a CD or CDr to get the best quality for the tracks. (*NOTE = this review was writen HERE).
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