Apparently, what we have here is an unplanned album, in that David Brenner (Gridfailure) and Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe) were working together on a planned collaboration when the music just started getting way too weird for what they had planned, so they put it to one side. These accidents were reclassified under ‘Tasukete’, which is Japanese for “help me” – as seen in the language lab in the movie The Exorcist. The end result is an album where both musicians are pushing the boundaries of what can even be considered music, and to my ears is actually quite different in many ways to what I would expect from a Gridfailure release. Nowhere is that more apparent than at the beginning of “Panic Day”, where there is an acoustic guitar. I mean, white noise and general weirdness is what I have become used to, so for me this was totally disconcerting.
I still have no idea why I enjoy Gridfailure’s releases as much as I do, but I can see that I need to start looking out for Megalophobe as well, as this is superb. Imagine Can being taken to the ultimate extreme and then you may get close to what this sounds like. Many people will shudder in horror when they hear this, but the select few will understand how awesome it is.