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Jesus Philbin
Subterranean Electronic Blasphemy (Satan's Pimp)

By: Jeb Branin

JESUS PHILBIN is a one man noise project performed by none other than the Prime Minister of Power Violence himself, Chris Dodge. Not surprisingly Chris... er, I mean, Mr. Philbin takes a good hard look at the extreme noise scene in hardcore and then firmly rejects almost every MERZBOW-idolizing convention in it. He spins this project off on its own trajectory attempting to visit parts of the noise universe heretofore unknown. In fact "noise" is probably a lousy word to describe it. No, it isn't "music" and, yes, it consists of electronic "sound sculptures" but it isn't really "noise". "Atmospheric" is a better word.. Airy at times, creepy on occasion, and tweaked almost from start to finish. Often weirder than a three dollar bill in the collection plate you get bits and pieces of lots of things here... from what could be sound effects on a new video game to what it must sound like to a person who is drowning and withing seconds of death. My initial intent in writing this review was to do a track by track description but I gave it up when I realized that trying to represent in words these 15 different creations is beyond my (painfully obvious) limitations as a writer. I will tell you that the packaging is clever, yet simple, to boot... think the SPR 7" by WHITE or the SAH 5" by the MELVINS.
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