FULL OF HELL - FOH NOISE VOL 4
Much has been said about Pennsylvania noise/sludge/grind outfit Full Of Hell. Much has been said of their innovations (whether you think they are minimal or not is irrelevant) in an extremely watered-down genre that is modern hardcore. One has to be a little bit surprised that a band who prides themselves on their affection for Merzbow and Genocide Organ is attracting kids in Terror shirts to their shows. Nonetheless, Full Of Hell have more than established themselves as one of the leading groups in the new wave of sludge-inspired hardcore along with friends Code Orange Kids.
After first being introduced to Full Of Hell via a youtube link of one of their live shows from a friend, I sat in amazement at the visceral, pure rage that was displayed on screen. The band plays with such intensity and dramatic power that listening to them recorded almost does the band an injustice. Since then I have had the pleasure of seeing them two times, one of which I was fortunate enough to share the stage with these talented lads. (who cares, really??)
A few words of warning, if you are a fan of the more mosh-friendly, sludge aspects of Full Of Hell, by all means, this release may not be for you. If you are, like me, a fan who is more drawn to them for their noise influence (The White Mare, Dichotomy), you will be very pleasantly surprised with this release.
The album is not your traditional noise record, in fact nothing about this is traditional. The album shifts slowly, evolving from harsh to almost somber dynamics, and presenting an unforgiving theme of war, desolation, destruction, and ultimately ugliness. Take the artwork as a heed of warning, this is an unforgiving listen. Unapologetic and proud of the minimalism it proposes, Full Of Hell bring forward their highlights with true artistic integrity - something missing from modern hardcore. Lyrically, Full Of Hell have always been a band that I appreciate, and this release shows how they can take concepts and images found in their lyrics, and create somewhat of a soundtrack to it. Soothing at times, painfully abrasive at others, this volume is a depressing and chilling ride.
With obvious influence from classic noise artists such as Genocide Organ and Throbbing
Gristle, to contemporary commentary via sound from sludge acts like The Body, Full Of Hell once again set themselves apart from their hardcore contemporaries, and remind us all of why they are without a doubt one of underground music's most promising acts.