Know How To Carry A Whip
23rd October 2015
In a world where music is mostly safe, anodyne and lacking emotion how refreshing to be able report on the second release by industrial metal “supergroup” Corrections House.
Described in their promo material as “Darker, denser, and more despairing than the predecessor, 2013’s Last City Zero ” the nine-track, forty-five-minute album was recorded by the band’s own Sanford Parker (Minsk) and recently institutionalized minister of propaganda, Seward Fairbury, in Vietnam. The record boasts a guest appearance by Negative Soldier and finds Corrections House – which features the lineup of Parker, Fairbury, Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza) and Mike IX Williams (Eyehategod) — at their most intense, unforgiving and exciting.
This is bleak, industrial, and unrelenting in its delivery. A shamanic cacophony in the most part, but with one or two drops in volume to build the tension; this demonstrates that it is possible to produce music which challenges the listener and evokes passionate response in equal measure. The move towards a nightmareish version of country/americana on “Visions Divide”is shocking, and unexpected but completely fits the overall sound of the album.
There is a tribal feel to much of the material, as riffs build over rolling rhythms and attack with an unrelenting force that makes Killing Joke sound like a boy band, Declamatory vocals and thought provoking lyrics add to the heady musical brew to deliver a most enjoyable aural experience
My album of the week.