Noise and discordant sounds that attract us folk that are not always content with sweet sounds of Shalamar have developed over the last few decades incorporating electronica and glitch music. And here we have two purveyors illustrating the different sides of the same coin. Where Kurokuma approach their craft slowly building notes and riffs to develop their sound, Shit and Shine sound to me like they want to explode their sound in a free jazz kinda way!
Kurokuma’s Advorsus opens with “Lust,” a precisely played and executed track on a stonkingly good vibe that can easily get me out of my chair stomping around the room. With elements of drone, sludge as well as playful psychedelia and tribal percussion. And “Dark Triad” opens with more tribal drumming akin to the surprise Sepultura gave us in the mid 90s!
But don’t get too comfortable with this ethnic thrift shop sound as it will suddenly rip forth with electric amplified fuzz and alternating harsh screams and bowel loosening death growls. Before final track “Kali” treats us to some raging psyche guitar shredding played over the pounding drums and harsh/growl vocals before simple power riffs take centre stage.
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This debut EP by three piece Kurokuma runs at about 20 minutes as opposed to Shit and Shine’s Teardrops. The 12 tracker just tops 20 minutes. So there’s an immediate juxtaposition between these two releases. Yet their sense of noise and sound as well as stark black and white album covers. One-man outfit (Craig) never seems to stay still for long, encapsulating that amphetamine fueled punk ethic, and morphs his sound over the years.
Shit and Shine have belted out a large number of LPs and EPs, and this one on Riot Season sees Craig focus on marrying the trad guitar and drums with the more eclectic glitch noises of sound desks.
Touching on the surge of power violence on tracks such as “Dean Dime-O-Flage” or “Ibanez Destroyer,” but then challenges the listener to CIA torture tactic style tracks like “Kramer Striker.”
Both these releases challenge the virgin ear in differing ways, tones and frequencies. Both worth exploring for their stark differences.