Re: [thewire] the heaviest of the the heavy
- I also missed this "Heaviness" thread ... wanted to follow up on the comment
on Gabba. A lot of this is lost music ... the distribution was pretty
limited to begin with and there aren't many people playing the role of
conservationist. These "come and gone" micro-genres will be the ridiculous
collector frenzies in the coming decades.
That said, anything on Lenny Dee's Industrial Strength label is pretty
intense. A compilation that shouldn't be too hard to track down is
"Industrial F**king Strength" ... distributed in partnership with Earache
records which should tell you something. Tracks not for the weak of heart or
those concerned with propriety: Fuckin' Hostile (yes, with sample of
Pantera), Mad As Hell, Gabber Up Your Ass, Cunt Face, Cock Sucker, Extreme
Terror, etc. There are a lot of other compilations usually referring to
"Dutch Masters", Rotterdam, Hardcore, etc., on labels like Mokum, Ruffneck,
Rotterdam, Shockwave, or Industrial Strength. The Terrordome compilations on
edel and the Frankfurt Trax series, each comprised of four or five volumes,
are some of the more consistent.
Stuff by The Horrorist is probably still available--I's classify him as a
gabba/hardcore version of Green Velvet ... The songs (in his case, the word
song is applicable ... in most of these cases the affective intensity has
nothing to do with "songs") reveal a cacaphonous/claustrophobic/dystopian
narrative. The narrative takes away from the functional heaviness, but adds
a mediated layer of heaviness. Anything on the PCP label ... tracks by The
Mover, Mescalinium United, Pilldriver, Rave Creator (all the same person,
right--Marc Acardipane?) ... check www.acardipane.de for an intro to his
world. A two disc retrospective of the best of Marc Acardipane's work came
out a couple of years ago. I was never able to track it down, but I think it
was a wire end of the year pick ... I heard good press and good words from
friends who purchased it. If you grew up with a taste for
Pantera/Slayer/Carcass/etc., you'll find joy.
I've mentioned this before in other contexts, but Ambush records/DJ Scud
also put out some heavy stuff ... the seminal track being "Total
Destruction" (which I think was actually released on a Machineblau 7"). The
Ambush label sampler, Mash Up The Place, would be the place to start there.
I've heard this stuff referred to as "Terrorcore" ... whatever level of
genre granularity you desire.
>From: "Jess Harvell" <dubplatestyle@...>_________________________________________________________________
>Subject: [thewire] the heaviest of the the heavy
>Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2001 18:51:07 -0400
> >i don't mean to be rude or offend anyone, but could the people arguing
> >radiohead please do it off-list? i can't be the only one who is finding
> >topic extremely boring.
>yes, please. it was already old ten years ago when it was some other pop
> >now, another of my famous questions:
> >what is the heaviest electronic/dance music in existence?
>probably any gabba track circa 1992-1995. they were regularly reaching
>of 300+, just blurring into this wall of concussive percussion. plus all
>those mentasm-derived terror riffs are like kraftwerk play grindcore.
>are tons of comps with this type of stuff; you gotta be careful though
>because you can easily wade into icky-ass happy hardcore territory. as
>as i remember some specific track names, i'll post em.
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