Album Review

Liver Cancer – “Adrenalflag Cirrosismantis Livormortis” – [Love Earth Music]

Thurston Hunger   2/1/2013   A Library, CD

The old adage of art is born of pain, often has stronger
resonance in the realms of noise. Liver Cancer is sound
in two persons, Bobby Almon and Geordan White. I believe it
was Bobby who conducted an on-air KFJC interview in 2012
from a tattoo parlor while getting ink. The album starts
with a de rigueur (rigor?) reference to Satan, then dives
into the flames of White (Geordan?) noise. Tortured vox
(Bobby?) through overloaded wires and overloaded larynx
are often featured but not overdone. By track #3 the sound
goes more barren and into a well of drone, eventually it
finds the Voice of Mordor, super slow and lava thick,
building towards a quick crescendo after 7 minutes before
back into the well. “Despondency” takes an infomercial for
depression from another room, and builds a big black cloud
confessional around it, later Bobby’s vox are looped,
tweaked and roboticized. The recipe for Liver Cancer seems
to start with low, dark oscillations, spikier inserts on
top, lots of loops and a good use of space before bringing
in the voice, which is often morphed by mouth and machine.
A great example of that is “Sonic Burial” which also features
some (faux?) theremin. It does regrettably have a somewhat
discernible “Left to my own FUCKING device” (a good
credo for any noise project!) that might limit its
plays to naughty night time. All transmission, no
remission. Enjoy a new round of Liver Cancer.

-Thurston Hunger

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