Everything about the new split release between Swiss sonic manipulators Coilguns and German hardcore destructors NVRVD (Never Void) is stunningly impressive. From the 10″ black & white marbled vinyl presentation through to the synapse staggering heart thrilling sounds, the release is exceptional. From previous Coilguns releases there is now a set expectation of something special with each confrontation upon the ear, but with this split they and equally NVRVD have pushed up that bar for and pleasure from violent noise driven invention.
Released through a clutch of labels in Dead Dead Dead Music, Hummus Records, Savour Your Scene Records, and Invektiv Records, the release finds two new tracks from each band paired with a couple of live cuts from both too on the digital download version. It is a full and explosive mix of studio and live which is raw and intrusive alongside being experimental and imaginative. Each song holds down the senses to violate and abuse whilst igniting a smouldering glow within as they stand grinning over their prize, your passions. If either band has raised your temperature and heart rate before than the split will leave you simpering in your own blissful juices, if both are new than a devastating treat is in store.
First up Coilguns unleashes two caustic sonic delights in Mandarin Hornet and Dewar Flasks. With their debut
release, the outstanding split with Kunz and the following thirty minute brutal intimidation of Stadia Rods, the trio of Louis Jucker, Jona Nido, and Luc Hess set out their stall as one of the more inventive and twisted sonic manipulators around and this pair of tracks only elevate that standing. Opener Mandarin Hornet roughly but with reserved aggression strokes the ear with its initial presence, the riffs salty rather than abrasive and rhythms cagey rather than destructive. The opener prowl is certainly steamy if not a furnace of intensity and continually intrigues thoughts and winds around the ear with unpredictable gait and lustful intent. The bristling energies soon erupt into a torrent of antagonistic guitar and drum assaults whilst the bass chews at flesh with relish. As the track rampages it also twists through an onslaught of magnificent breaks, diversions, and sonic teasing so that the experience is as compulsive as it is a fiery corruption. The band has never sounded so good or as innovative and they were no slouches before as their previous tracks showed with ease.
Devour Flasks is a two minute scything of corrosive sonics and blistering vehemence, the guitars scorching sense and synapse whilst the rhythms just stomp the debris into the ground. It is a track which borders on painful for all the right reasons and leaves a delicious soreness in its wake. If the first song did not leave disorientation enveloping the senses this second gets the job done on all levels. It is a rabid furnace and viciously beautiful.
Formed in 2004, the Minden trio of Christian and Stefan Braunschmidt, and Lukas Heier, has been on a steady rise as NVRVD. From their debut album Watch Me Burn and through strong live performances the band picked up good responses to their sound early on whilst the following releases A Grain Thrown In The Sandbox of 2010 and A Memory Of Angst placed the band as certainly ones to watch closely if not more. With an EP in the pipeline for 2013 their two songs on the split leaves one eager for its release. Even rawer than the sound of Coilguns, if that is possible, the hardcore driven assaults of Hungry For Needs and Direktore are tempests of burning energy and malicious degenerative invention, their ever shifting and twisting hook entrapments soaked in vindictive intent within the eroding intensity which shields their insidious charms. The first of the pair leaps upon the ear with spite, anger, and a fury of bone splitting rhythms and scathing riffs. It is the intertwining groove and acidic squall to the voice of the guitars which triggers the most adoration, their squealing pleas the perfect foil to and conspirator with the abusive vocals and drums. The following Direktore takes a slower less direct approach to its victim yet still leaves nothing but a smouldering carcass behind, the snarling bass and venomous guitar play engaging with a constantly changing form of contact, whether a hit and run or seize, burn and scar capture of affection it achieves its target with ease.
The digital release also contains live tracks of Mastoid and Parkensine from Coilguns alongside Son Of Man and Null And Void from NVRVD, all showing why you should check the bands out on stage if they come anywhere near to you. Powerful, energy sapping, and wholly invigorating the quartet of songs throw you right into their live storms for pleasure and further realisation how impressive both bands are.
There have been many releases this year which deserve your hard earned cash but this is right to the fore and marks Coilguns and now also NVRVD as bands which will take extreme noise to new triumphant levels.
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