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Boomkat Product Review:
Estonia’s wayward Porridge Bullet cough up this gnarled, expressive ace from Mihkel Kleis aka Ratkiller, a proper outsider music type who previously turned up on these pages with his rogue black metal project, Edasi, and now takes this opportunity to commit his highly idiosyncratic music to vinyl for the first time.
While Porridge Bullet are hardly known for being the straightest label around, Meltdown of the Highest Order is a cranky oddball even by their standards, seeming to smudge chopped ’n screwed hip hop noise with buckling tape FX, frazzled electronics and convulsive cut-ups in way that recalls Aaron Dilloway getting messy with Tomutonttu or Pat Maherr’s Indignant Senility in a demented face-off with his own Diamond Catalog alias, for example.
It’s one of those rare examples of an artist who can listen to and absorb myriad other sounds and transduce them into something of his own. It may bear up to the aforementioned influences - and tonnes more beside - but ultimately Meltdown of the Highest Order is distinguished by its freakiness and the way that Kleis uses that knowledge of outsider music to either sidestep and mess with convention, as with he 18 minutes of warp and slurred temporalities in the A-side’s No Need For Reason, or choose to compound and play into it with 14 minutes of uneasy, blown-out ambience in the B-side’s Delicate Toast and what sounds like a nerve-fried BoC with Flat & Decomposed.