Boomkat Product Review:
Sweden’s Varg and Celldöd make a marriage of grim, itchy techno inconvenience for Opal Tapes with the rasping roil of Brutal Discipline dispatched under their Vargdöd portmanteau. Trust this is some of the ruddiest stuff in either producer’s catalogue of late, picked right from the back of the nose and smeared into six tracks of toxic effluence and clammy greyscale drone.
The follow-up to their split tape Krig, featuring a side a piece from Celldöd and Varg under his Black Leather Harness alias - the 1st release on the former’s Brutal Disciplin label - yields a queasy, airless experience akin to industrial waterboarding, effectively drowning their spare, brittle and bony drum machine (machine drum?) rhythms under graded layers of granular silt, holding us under at the point where light only teasingly breaks through the surface.
In that submerged half light they parlez in a language of mutant dolphin chatter and against banking walls of noise in Kennel Murder Case, whereas Starved To Death offers a gulf stream of relief of warmer ambient techno relief and Bitten brings back the coldest industrial currents. Turn it over and Elite Dogs of War tramples water with an agitated sense of purpose, followed by palpitating rhythmic noise recalling The Boats’ swerve into this realm c. Abstraction and Nomenclature, before shoring up at the purgatorial intervene of No Dogs Go To Heaven.