Total fucking blast noise armageddon !!! This disc has been in the works over here for an eon, but we've finally gotten it together and have this jackhammer assembled and ready to trepan any of you mutants out there that might be looking for some extreme cut-up grindnoise violence to ruin yer day. This is part split album, part collaboration between two DC-area projects that have been orbitting the underground grind/punk scene in the region since the turn of the decade.
I've been raving about Jesus Of Nazareth ever since JON's first album Braid Of Muscle fucked up my brain matter back in 2004, and while new recordings from the band have been sporadic since then, everything that I've heard from JON has been crushing. The band is basically a solo project from Jake Creggar, who in the past has played drums in a number of DC/Baltimore area bands like Hissing Choir, Triac, and Flowers In The Attic, and also plays in Exploding Meth Lab. With Jesus Of Nazareth, Jake creates short, violent spasms of harsh noise, brutal gabber, damaged grindcore blasted through a sheet of skull-scraping distortion, and slabs of evil ambience, served up in brief doses that are usually well under a minute long. The six tracks that open up this disc are incredibly harsh and abstract, and each track flows into the next, forming a psychedelic collage of blasting Whitehouse-esque electronic noise, blastbeats, distorted screams, sick Bloody Fist style beats, ominous orchestral samples mutated under an avalanche of effects, and it's all distorted and chopped up and glued back together into a sickening vomit-rush of violence and dread.
Then there is Exploding Meth Lab, the current project from former Enemy Soil members Mason and Vaughn. Old school Enemy Soil fans no doubt remember Mason and Vaughn has being in the classic Casualties Of Progress lineup of the band, so there's some heavy grind pedigree here. EML is a totally different sort of beast from Enemy Soil though, equal parts extreme noise and grind and fucked-up low-fi sludge, a bizarre mashup of the Japanese noise of Pain Jerk, Incapacitants and Merzbow and the industrial noisecore of Seven Minutes Of Nausea, early Earache grindcore and trippy sample cut-ups. The eight minute EML track that is featured here is "Exploding Meth Lab Soup Kitchen", which originally appeared in cassette form back in 2005.
The focal point of Seed Mouth Collection are the final five tracks, a collaboration between Exploding Meth Lab and Jesus Of Nazareth recorded in 2003. The first track, "Chimney Scream", is dark, deep ambient drone, a slowly fluctuating two-note synth riff hovering over screeching feedback drones and growling noise. It flows immediately into "Empty Teeth", a massive, nearly ten minute long low-fi dirge metal holocaust of glacial doom riffs and screeching spiteful vocals, operatic female singing and wavering, warbling electronics melting together into a triumphant deathmarch of toxic doomnoise, like hearing some lost Grief demos being remixed by Merzbow. The remaining three tracks move back and forth between the grimy ambient sections that are laced with murky samples of some old opera recording, and the bludgeoning, ultra-noisy deathdoom. These collaborative tracks are ridiculously harsh and crushing, and I can only hope that the two projects are going to continue to team up to create more of this heavily damaged outsider noise/doom/ambient sickness.
The Seed Mouth Collection is packaged in a foldout sleeve printed in high contrast red and black, with an insert card and the disc affixed to the inside of the jacket on a plastic hub. Limited to 300 copies.