Noted New York noisesmith Alan Licht has long been known as a man prepared to take the humble guitar into the outer realms, and so it is on this turn for Editions Mego. Running distorted squalls of six strings into a mess of electronic interference, this is no easy ride but there's a staggering amount of expression worked into the spluttering notes and ranging chords of Licht's Four Years dichotomy. Rarely resting in one sound for too long, this is far from the laborious patience-rewarding tropes of the noise scene and far more visceral, even as the cranky sonics give way to soothing harmonious passages. It may sound at times like an accidental racket, but anyone with a love of punk and hardcore will find this resonating with them like few other projects in the avant-garde world.
Daniel Menche has been on just about every credible experimental label around, from Jon Wonzencroft's Touch to Antifrost and coming back this time on his regular Editions Mego spot. His productions are complex and brimming with grit, having been an inspiration for countless contemporary artists, both within the field of noise and drone. but also house and techno. His latest amalgamation of sounds comes in a two piece format, each part consisting of almost twenty minutes of madness, starting with "Marriage Of Metals 1", where Menche goes straight in with a bang, propelling his usual blend of metallic power electronics and convoluted background atmospherics. "Marriage Of Metals 2" carries on from its predecessor, this time calming the storm but utilising the same wardrobe of acoustics and sonic accessories.