Monday, 6 August 2018

Test Dept. ‎– The Unacceptable Face Of Freedom (1986)

Style: Industrial, Noise, Tribal
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: Ministry Of Power, Some Bizzare

01.   Fuckhead
02.   51St State Of America
03.   Comrade Enver Hoxha
04.   Fist
05.   Statement
06.   The Crusher
07.   Victory
08.   Corridor Of Cells
09.   The Unacceptable Face Of Freedom - Face 1
10.   The Unacceptable Face Of Freedom - Face 2
11.   The Unacceptable Face Of Freedom - Face 3

Bagpipes – Alistair Adams
Organ – Max
Producer – Ken Thomas, Test Dept.
Programmed By – Phil Erb
Engineer – Ben Young

Primeira passagem à pratica do velho, estafado e nunca aplicado slogan «a classe operária avançará pelos seus próprios meios» (martelos, bigornas, bastões, etc). O Sindicato dos Metalurgicos  rubrica assim o seu primeiro facto socialmente relevante. A «poesia toda» (do ferro) está no «Blitz» nº 90.
 Ricardo Saló / Blitz (1986) 

Back in the day, the term "industrial" applied to the noisy grinding of non-instruments, clamorous beats, and genuinely scary shrieks—and not to the anemic bastardization of metal and dance music that goes under the name today. Early industrial outings were released by small labels like Great Britain's Some Bizarre; among the bands on that label was Test Department, a British group that mashed the listener's face into the grindstone that was its music. From its opening track on, 1984's Unacceptable Face of Freedom is a battle cry for people of all races lost under the weight of free-market imperialism. Test Department's musical assaults are set up to counter what it saw as the intangible everyday assaults of the state. For example, on one of the album's more effective tracks, "The Statement," a real-life striking Welsh miner recounts his story of a peaceful picket line being broken up by police thugs; in the background, the band provides a muted soundscape of blows, cries and sporadic drum beats. The Unacceptable Face of Freedom is a classic which should not be kept from any fan of industrial, political or aggressive music. Test Department also appears on If You Can't Please Yourself, You Can't Please Your Soul, a Some Bizarre compilation that features The The, Cabaret Voltaire, Psychic TV and six other bands. Every track is coated with seething anger, which is released in either machine-gun outbursts or, in the case of Marc Almond's "Love Amongst The Ruined," cabaret camp. If You Can't Please Yourself is a good snapshot of industrial music in its prime. Noisy, angry and melodic, it's bound to obliterate the idea that Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails are the alpha and omega of industrial music.
jgarden / AV/MUSIC

No comments:

Post a comment

Note: only a member of this blog may post a comment.