The music of Aaron Spectre, who records digitally mutilated metal under the name Drumcorps, regularly provides serrated bludgeons to the ear. And few Spectre outings are as introspective as the 20-minute mix nestled in the nearly 160MB podcast uploaded on November 14 at adnoiseam.net (MP3).
Spectre’s contribution begins approximately 45 minutes in, and after a characteristically explosive opening, it ventures deep into unfamiliar territory, a downtempo realm of cautiously spaced percussion and rank echoes. Inevitably, of course, aural nihilism rears its pixelated head, all cacophonous, splintering grindcore, set to self-immolate in Spectre’s personally circuit-bent Osterizer. While the overall effect is, certainly, more volatile than much of what appears in this Disquiet Downstream series, Spectre’s facility with digital transformation and his comfort with noise make him required listening.
The source material for the mix is as follows:
01 – Drumcorps – No Escape – [Unreleased]
02 – Nine Inch Nails – The Mark Has Been Made – [Nothing]
03 – Rotten sound – The Effects – [Spinefarm]
04 – Converge – Year Of The Swine / Conduit – [Equal Vision]
05 – Broken Note – war In The Making – [Ruff)
06 – Animosity – Terrorstorm – [Blackmarket)
07 – Animosity & Drumcorps – Mobs Over, Rob Me – [Manalive]
08 – Genghis Tron – The Feast (Drumcorps Remix) – [Unreleased test]
09 – Genghis Tron – Relief (Drumcorps remix) – [Relapse]
10 – This Will Destroy You – A Three-Legged Workhorse – [Magic Bullet]
11 – Nine Inch Nails – 2 Ghosts 1 – [The Null Corporation]
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