This tape is the debut release from the Lithuanian Volksmorg. It isn't really an intentional release, but more of a by-product of the men behind Body Cargo and Pogrom having drunken noise-sessions and recording them. Out of all the material recorded during a couple of years, the two bleakest sessions were put to this tape, which comes as a pressing of 100 copies. I don't remember hearing Body Cargo, but based on Pogrom's recent tape-release on Filth & Violence, I had high expectations for Volksmorg as well.

If you're looking for noise or power electronics with some ideology, aim or anything similar behind it, you won't find it here. This is just pure, harsh noise-y power electronic without any deeper goals. The A-side oozes forward a damp, dusty and dark mass of sound that doesn't seem to have any form. It's just a blurry and humming mass. Some sharper metallic frequencies and screeches push through the fog from the distance here and there, and occasionally a steadily pulsing and oppressive bass-loop is present, making the soundscape very vast and oppressive. Other than that, the thing your ears pick out is the atmosphere that is somehow so dense and damp, it makes breathing harder. It smells of illness, fever and delirium, and somehow its cut-out ending suits it perfectly. The A-side is definitely nothing fun or rewarding to listen to, and might last for way too long for many to handle.

Unlike the A-side, Side B (marked with a bottle of vodka) is actually mastered. The soundscape is still built of bassy rumbling, harsh humming, distant screeches and occasional metal-clangs and longer screeches, but it now has more air to breathe in and sounds way less suffocating. It is still noisy and droning, certainly, but in a different way; it's harsher and generally more abrasive, and the listener can have a better idea what it is that s/he's hearing. Despite the now harsher and clearer sound, the "song" isn't really hostile; it's just noise with no higher purpose than being what it is. Personally I prefer the A-side simply because of its dominating atmosphere, but as far as structures and textures go, the B-side wins. I would say that it would certainly need something more to be interesting, but as the suspicious visual side, cut-out endings, lacking "song" titles and the label's description clearly state, Volksmorg isn't hear to please or serve.

As I often say, I fancy tape-releases like this that show two different sides of a band. Even though I didn't get much out of the B-side, the A-side alone is well enough to justify the tape's existence. I'm not sure how long it takes until I'll feel like giving the tape yet one more spin, but I'm glad I have the option of doing so.

7- / 10