Sissy Spacek – “Harm” – [Troniks]
Harm is the gentlest of euphemisms for this album, this shit straight hurts. Sadistic ear-blistering thrash terror from John Wiese and his entourage of miscreants out of the LA area. For some reason people categorize this as grindcore; the instrumentation is there: guitar/bass/drums/screaming (and electronics); the energy is there: pummeling assaults delivered in surgical stop-start bursts; I just don’t see it though. Maybe if their instruments were all made of sheet metal and they saturated themselves with cheap vodka and dirty meth. This just comes off as pure soul-melting blizzards of overdriven grey noise. Decoder really doesn’t let up, just overwhelms your senses in monochromatic misery, don’t bother. Aktion Cookies takes the cake as the harshest, most piercing piece of mind-rape I’ve ever had the privilege of receiving. There is no pleasure here, only pain. Headaches are fun!