Mandible Chatter
(Copyright 1999 Piero Scaruffi | Legal restrictions - Termini d'uso )
Serenade For Anton , 6/10
Drinking Out The Hourglass , 5/10
Hair Hair Lock & Lore, 6/10
Grace, 5/10
Food For The Moon, 6/10
Measuring The Marigolds , 6/10

I Mandible Chatter furono fra i protagonisti dell'underground "industriale" di San Francisco dei primi anni '90. Il gruppo era di fatto costituito da due chitarristi alla Helios Creed, Grant Miller e Neville Harson, che eseguono sinfonie di ultra-distorsioni in gran parte improvvisate e che idealmente si riallacciano alla scuola di cacofonisti come Zoviet France, SPK e Zeni Geva.

Serenade For Anton (Russell, 1992) contiene due estratti da una jam di novanta minuti per una messa nera in onore di Anton LaVey (fondatore della Chiesa di Satana).

Drinking Out The Hourglass (Russell, 1993) prova anche il formato piu` conciso della canzone (Swallowing The Moon, Growing Fast In Stardust e Three Days Of Grey), oltre a quello della jam estesa (Instigate Acquiesce).

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Mandible Chatter was amongst the protagonists of the San Francisco industrial underground scene in the early 90's. In the vein of Helios Creed, the group was made up of two guitarists, Grant Miller and Neville Harson. From the duo emerged symphonies of ultra-distortion which for the most part were improvised and had incorporated the ideals from the school of cacophonists like Zoviet France, SPK, and Zeni Geva.

Serenade For Anton (Russell, 1992) contains two extracts from a ninety minute jam of a black mass held in honor of Anton Lavay (founder of the Church of Satan).

Drinking Out The Hourglass (Russell, 1993) experiments with the song format of the most concise (Swallowing The Moon, Growing Fast In Stardust e Three Days Of Grey), and beyond that of the extended jam (Instigate Acquiesce).

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Hair Hair Lock & Lore (Russell, 1994) borders on the avantgarde, as their technique of sound manipulation leaves nothing untried. The gothic frescos of Mass For Broken Needles and Coffins Filled With Earth are whirlwinds of found sounds, tape loops, overdubs and treated guitars. From Whence And To Wither retreats to human emotion via a sequenced flute. The monumental Death Of Sweetness is the ultimate industrial collage, a jungle of thuds, drones, screeches and hisses that would make even Pierre Henry proud.

Grace (Manifold, 1995) is another tour de force of thundering noises, but the shock is somehow tempered by an atmospheric and psychedelic stance, one that yields more relaxed compositions such as The Silent Presence.

The natural evolution of this trend is Food For The Moon (Manifold, 1996), an almost ambient recording that employs the same techniques to a different effect. Tracks like Sad Tree Song indulge in their artificial flavoring rather than splattering its ingredients all over the acoustic range.

Measuring The Marigolds (Russell, 2000) marks a retreat into psychedelic rock from a mellow Paisley-Underground perspective. The chamber works The Grape Scrubber's Lament and The Willow Tree and erudite lyrics keep interest alive.

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