Bolz'n "Spalt>funktion" CDPosted on Thursday, October 26th, 2006 @ 10:21am » permalink
"Spalt>funktion" is the debut full-length from insane German grinders Bolz'n, released by Repoman Records (which doesn't seem to have a website). This CD pressing is actually a remastered edition of an LP released shortly before, and both are limited to just 500 copies. Like the band's first 7" EP, this material is both frantic and punishingly heavy in its strangeness, but these tracks are far more unhinged in terms of explosive bursts of sheer chaos and blaring, caustic noisiness. It's not sloppy, but it can sound that way at times (I don't mean that in a bad way, mind you) since the time signatures are just fucked in many cases, as are the dissonant phrasings of the chords and note textures employed throughout. They've actually got a pretty strong recording in place that once again benefits the excellently off the wall drumming and keeps the at times appropriately biting edge of the guitar tone in check with plenty of rugged density – much of which comes from the completely brutal vocals – which remain some of the most impressive female growls, shrieks, and grunts I've ever encountered. The tracks range from an average of less than two minutes to as many as nine, with some of the longer compositions actually exploring some literal experimental noise segments with glitchy electronics and ambient hums and such – which actually fits in quite well, believe it or not. Overall it's a generally brief 30-minute jaunt that roams through just enough of the band's slower, sludgier playing to give the listener some breathing room and spice things up. I think I'd like to hear them bring a little more of that element back into their writing – as on the 7" – to really counterbalance their over the top attacks and better demonstrate their cohesive force, but whatever the case, this is certainly an intriguing outfit, and that are doing their own thing in the world of D.I.Y. grindcore.
If you're into the tracks above, I'd suggest contacting the band directly on MySpace for more information on how to get your hands on a copy. They're way into keeping the underground spirit alive, which I totally respect, so please do support them with a purchase if this is your thing!