Boomkat Product Review:
Originally issued in 2002, Editions Mego have seen fit to re-issue this noise classic with lovely new Steven O'Malley artwork and an extra thirteen minute track (recorded at the same time as the album).
Kevin Drumm started out as a guitarist, becoming an important player of prepared guitar in the Chicago scene, but quickly he began to turn his hand to radically noisier sounds, sounds which came to a head on this milestone work. Here the record opens with the 'new' track 'Impotent Hummer', which interestingly takes a notably quieter direction than much of the original album's tracks.
A drone piece fired through some kind of malfunctioning distortion pedals the most obvious comparison would be with the young Dutch upstart of harmonic noise Machinefabriek, albiet with a little more evil added for extra effect. However the album proper kicks off with 'Turning Point', as crushing a piece of noise as you're likely to hear - loops of crunching guitar abuse and heavily degraded analogue synthesizer are layered on top of each other creating a truly visceral cacophonous racket.
The album comes to a head with the twenty-four minute monster of a track 'The Inferno' (which incidentally features Boston noisy dude Greg Kelley on trumpet); a track which doesn't so much make noise as becomes noise.