Mississippi Drum and Bugle Corp/se


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For those with a penchant for the extreme, the homemade releases on ED Recordings (Eye Drum Art and Music Gallery) in Atlanta, a label that grew directly out of a club of the same name, may be the thing you've been craving. Mississippi Drum and Bugle Corpse (not to be confused with the great American historical group that used the word corps in their name) is a group of rabid experimentalists. Actually a duo of Master Force on drums, loops, and guitar and someone named Prime Mover on sax, vocals, processed sax/guitar, and tons of looped vocals and screaming, the nine selections here are frighteningly original and mind-bendingly taught. If the random has a place in this music, which is more like rhythmically constructed noise than anything else, it's not immediately apparent. There are the seesaw guitar and indecipherable vocal loop in "Backlit" that create a series of rhythmic contrasts for other sampled voices and percussion sounds to worm through at ear-bleeding volume. Then there's the Glenn Branca-like screech and roll of "Electric Mills" that stays inside the brain long after the piece is over. Clocking in just shy of half an hour, there are those who would say this is too short. Most listeners would be accurate in saying it's all they could bear. Pretty out there, but very cool.

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