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"Shostakovich is the Devil" CDR EP

Breaking World Records

Genres: noise, experimental

30 West St.
Hadley, MA 01035

Dec 15 - 21 2003

Elaborately 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 even existed.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 6 tracks + 1 hidden, distributed by the label, released 2003]