It’s Monday and Mondays suck, so let’s grind it out with Deprivation Tactics.
This one is for those of you that want it noisier. Because that is where we are going. Straight to the noise side of things. Hope you brought your neck brace. Not because it is going to make you bang your head, but because this stuff is going try and snap your neck like a stalk of celery.
This is not Deprivation Tactics first rodeo. And for those that follow grindcore/noisecore/gorenoise/harsh noise closely, you will notice a familiar face behind this project: Ei Cee, whose notable projects include the mighty Holy Grinder and the extremely prolific Goth Girl. Though comparatively, this is a newer project, there are previous releases to the moniker, including a demo that dubbed on an endless loop track.
Depravation Tactics is a quick trip but one that doesn’t play nice. Sprawling over twelve tracks, Depravation Tactics is an ugly, loud, visceral experience. Nothing clocks in over a minute and every track is cranked up to maximum intensity. “Killdozer”, aptly named after a 2004 event in South Dakota where a man unleashed his, shall we call it, passion project upon an unsuspecting town. The track punches through the speakers like it is trying to break them. Welcome to noise music if you are new here. The track smashes forth with a hard-double bass-like drum beat and here we see Cee experimenting with a new vocal style. Less the disgusting, deep, bellowing attack of Holy Grinder, and instead something more distorted and animal-like. Kind of like a more distorted Converge.
Before you know it “Human Dishrag” is cutting through your ear canal. Like, I said, this is an album that moves fast. And this track comes on the listener like a sledgehammer before continuing the beating with “Involuntary Trepanation.” The track titles move between political and scene satire. From songs like “Blue Lives Don’t Matter” to others like “Middle Days of Humanity,” this is a record that moves between the political and funny. The one that’s especially stand out in name is “Bulldozer Vs. Tokyo Superloft”, a reference to Hanatarash their legendary performance where they brought a bulldozer into the venue. Other tracks like “Blue Lives Don’t Matter” very much speak for themselves.
If you like noise with a rhythm but something that is still plenty chaotic and confrontational, this might be your new favorite project. It is very fast, brief but still a crushing whirlwind of destruction. What does the future of this project hold? Likely more chaos, aggression, and noise. Get grinding on this!
For those into physical releases and wanting to get their hands on this, it comes in two physical formats: a standard version with a j-card that doubles as a sticker and a deluxe version in an oversized tap case that has the self-titled demo inside. The artwork is by Ethan McCarthy of Primitive Man. It is released on a label called Noxious Upsurge, run by Ashley Keen, out of North Carolina.
Deprivation Tactics Bandcamp