Boomkat Product Review:
Reissue/compilation of ‘A Return To Slavery’ and ‘The Hand Of Glory’ EP.
A stone cold Power Noise classic comes back to grate your grill on vinyl more than 30 years after the original recordings were made at IPS in Shepherd’s Bush and released on Gary Mundy’s Harbinger Sound. Yes, that is a dissected cadaver on the jacket. And yes, it sounds every bit as fucking brutal as that image might suggest.
For the purposes of these recordings, Ramleh were Gary Mundy (vocals, electronics) and Jerome Clegg (electronics, vocals). The original side of A Return To Slavery was backed with a one-off outing from Phillip Best in his Libertarian Recordings guise but, that side is now replaced by Ramleh’s The Hand Of Glory EP, which was originally recorded and issued separately later in 1983, and also sounds like drowning in a cess pit.
For the curious noise layman, it’s possibly difficult to distinguish between the various mutilations of that genre. However there’s no such problem here, as it’s clear as mud that these are utterly ferocious, unrelenting examples of Ramleh at their most forceful and unforgiving.
Bathe in it.