GOVERNMENT ALPHA – MIND-ALTERING SUBSTANCE (STEINKLANG)
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Government Alpha should need no introduction. Active since the early 90’s, and with a discography that can only be described as extensive, GA are among the most influential noise artists of all time, and a core name in Japanese noise.
Mind-Altering Substance, GA’s umpteenth release, is another solid slab of vicious, unrelenting and abrasive noise as only GA does it. Migraine-inducing feedback, skull-splitting noises of grinding metal, the despairing wailing of tortured equipment and the death rattles of amps buckling under the pressure, this music truly is mind-altering – or should I say, deranging?
But it’s not just an impenetrable wall of crackling, static noise. Whilst there’s a heavy focus on that, on skull-splitting barrages of audial violence, ever so often Mind-Altering Substance will veer into outlandish experimental territory. Weird effects, unexpected sounds and broken, fractured structures add complexity to the album, making it a demanding, but at the same time rewarding listen.