1/ Mass Graves (Gluck,Laswell) 5.55 2/ Tunnel 110 (Gluck,Laswell) 7.18 3/ Not Tomorrow or Never (Gluck,Laswell) 6.28 4/ Decapitation Strike (Gluck,Laswell) 6.28 5/ Lockdown on Bridges and Tunnels (Gluck,Laswell) 5.39 6/ 110 (Gluck,Laswell) 6.10 Recorded at Died and Went to Hell Studios and Orange Music, West Orange New Jersey Mix Translation by Bill Laswell at Orange Music Engineer: Robert Musso Assistant: James Dellatacoma Produced by Submerged and Bill Laswell Mastered by Michael Fossenkemper at Turtle Tone Studio, NYC Assistant: Alex Theoret Coordination: Robert Soares Art + Design: john brown @ cloud chamber KARLRECORDS would like to thank: Roland, Stefan/Broken Silence, Carola, Harry, Stefan/Colour HazeKurt Gluck: beats, sounds; Bill Laswell: bass, sounds.
2006 - Karl Records (Germany), Karl 01 (2x12")
Andrea Ferraris (courtesy of the Chainlink D.L.K. website)
Breakcore meets bass in this Ďversusí Ďtween Bill Laswell and Submerged. Laswell, long-respected producer and bassist takes on the breakcore rhythms of Submerged. It is a tense furore that brims with anxiety and a raw jarring collaborative effect.
Patterned as a reaction in 2004 to the terrorist attack of 9/11, this reissue album on vinyl captures a fury and energy that is dark and scattered. Disruptive drums clatter the skull like falling steel, fractured and twisted chunks cloister the speakers with geometric innards spilled. The bass of Laswell is a significant inclusion, bulbous and organic, consummating with the contours of destruction the bowel-loosing horror of the event. Encrusted with blood and immersed in swift oblivion each track strikes like an airline into a tower and there is little one can do to bear witness even after repeated listens as the music as an event usurps all sense. One of the hardest hitting is Decapitation Strike with its pummelling bass and drum precisely punching together with scratched and reversed inlets into inferno. Deeper and deeper into the six tracks, the chaos grows, the aftermath worse than the impact in its maelstrom.
The collaborative effort is a puissant one, hard to delineate Ďtween the forging as so comprehensive is their delivery of hard-hitting rhythm and gut-writhing melody. That a bassist shares duties with such an electronic demagogue makes for a more respected output than simply laying down some virtual instrument to the skitter-scatter of rhythm. Couple that with the dark response to such an event itís a worthwhile session for them and us.
Originally released on Avant-jazz guru, John Zornís AVANT label in Japan only, this full length vinyl only of one-thousand copies is slicked with aesthetics. The cover is black, spilled with an embossed oil slick Ė or perhaps more fitting given its 9/11 reaction: blood. It glistens. The insert inside is a full colour wraparound of dark skies occluded in heavy clouds.
symbolique (courtesy of Heathen Harvest website)