Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Ninika "ep-2012" cs

ep 2012
No Visible Scars

Huh. I am a little bummed I took this long to review this one. It's not a perfect record but it's damn different. This is almost songs. Drum machine, vocals, guitars, bass and lots of noise make for some interesting songs. It's like Godflesh, Darkthrone, a fire alarm and a broken car engine are all falling down the side of a mountain. On fire. It's a lurching, blackened industrial metal hell pile and it's pretty awesome. It's a total mess and the noise almost completely obscures everything else but it somehow works. I may have to come back to this one again. My only beef is that this is long. I review—or at least have to review—a lot of releases and when I see a tape is pushing the c90 length I really have a hard time getting to it. 

     I am not a fan of the packaging. I don't mind tapes in bags—although I don't love it either—but this bag is just too damn big. The artwork is pretty cool though. Nothing mind blowing but it fits. This packaging would have prevented me from buying, which would be a shame. 

It's definitely worth checking out. 

1 comment:

  1. Hey there, I guess you reviewed this a long time ago so maybe it's a little late to chime in but I played guitar on this and I don't remember this tape being super long?

    Maybe the label put the same songs on both sides? My memory is a little foggy and I don't know for sure because I don't have a copy of this myself and the other guy Paul was a lot more involved with actually getting this released than I was but if I remember correctly me and Paul only ever did four tracks together that ran much less than an hour. like maybe forty minutes tops?

    I also did most of the art for this but in my defense I had nothing to do with the oddly sized packaging or that godawful "Hot Topic" looking font. I think the packaging is something the label does that is somehow cheaper or easier to fold than regular packaging? I think I have a couple of their other tapes that are in that same awkward format.

    Take care,