Kevin Drumm – Sheer Hellish Miasma (Editions Mego) 2002/2009

You see, if this had been released this year it would have been my album of the year but it wasn’t so you know, whatever. I love this but I am a little afraid of it. Now that may sound totally lame and it is but there is something really intimidating about Sheer Hellish Miasma. This is noise and drone in the hands of a master. The sound moves around like sand in a storm and from what I can make out is made from layers of tightly woven static which for the most part is pitched very low. The longest piece is The Inferno which is a fat slab of greasy drone punctuated with Merzbow-light electronic trickery. The opener Impotent Hummer is where my fear comes from. On the surface the tracks is a slowly moving, volume boosted drone track but when I concentrate I’m sure I can hear the sound of some sort of life under the impenetrable fog. Well at least I think I can because just when I think I can hear them they disappear. They’re either there, it’s a trick to the ears caused by the dense layers of drone or I have may a mild psychosis. Take your pick. The most fun track is the very short Turning Point which is what hard house sounds like played by John Wiese at 400 beats per minute. The whole thing is rounded out by the calm and beautiful Cloudy, which considering the power of what precedes it, is like having a nice sorbet after chewing through a raw piece of venison, well at lest until the track  eats itself whole in the last 20 seconds. Utterly compelling.

One Response to “Kevin Drumm – Sheer Hellish Miasma (Editions Mego) 2002/2009”

  1. […] Distortion was my first experience of solo Drumm. Most sensible people would have started with Sheer Hellish Miasma which is considered by many (including me) to be one of the finest noise records ever made. […]

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