"Shostakovich is the Devil" CDR EP
Genres: noise, experimental
30 West St.
Hadley, MA 01035
Dec 15 - 21 2003
packaged in a cardboard holder with a slaughtered audio cassette taped
to it, Belltonesuicide's Shostakovich is the Devil EP
immediately strikes the listener as being beautifully ugly. A
fine slice of anti-aesthetic audio warfare.
The music, similarly, is pleasure through torture. Assorted
noisy sounds are blasted through planes of infinite reverb, cut up and
detonated ruthlessly. The listener's ears are abused, and for
most people this will mean hitting the stop button repeatedly until
their ears stop ringing enough for them to hear if the music's
actually been turned off. But for those lucky few with an
insatiable fetish for hardcore, noisy experimental sound collage - ding
ding ding, this could be a match.
Hmmm. I'll put it this way: If you can appreciate a song title like
"I Killed Him Like a Dog and Still He Laughed," shell out
the five bucks this release will set you back and bring on the
funk. If you can't, go on in your life and pretend this EP never
[Vitals: 6 tracks + 1 hidden, distributed by the
label, released 2003]