This record is unfortunately my least favorite of all the Dead Mind Records releases that I’ve recently had the opportunity to get my hands on and explore. Yes, I know that both Black Leather Jesus and Nihilist Assault Group are ridiculously popular among noise nerds worldwide. Frankly, I know people who would probably buy even a recording made of their collective excrement in a jar (contact miked and amped, of course), but that stuff, on vinyl no less… This just isn’t a style that can exist on a recording with any semblance of intact quality, especially if you weren’t present at the event to be able to visualize what the session looked like.
Cinema Calendar (at least I adore the title) offers us two pieces of chaotic harsh noise—thankfully not harsh noise wall, which would undoubtedly be the most redundant genre to find its host in a 7″ EP. It’s essentially just two tracks of ten-plus people (just check out the line-up on Discogs) doing noisy things, which could sound the same (or better, or worse) had it been only one person with ten guitar pedals instead. Oh yes, and that miked jar of exc… rather, that sheet of junk metal, or whatever old-school noise people are using these days (because we all know MacBooks are bad).
I won’t even attempt to say something woefully generic along the lines of ‘side A is slightly more interesting than side B’, because it truly isn’t. I can’t help but wonder why they would even bother putting titles on the tracks themselves. It really wouldn’t matter. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that Cinema Calendar is meaningless or even wasted wax because there are surely people out there who praise records like this, but I’d really appreciate it more if projects, which are already known and appreciated, would get off of their asses and actually challenge themselves.
Seriously, forget the trends of your audience, most individuals of which are keen on being fed more of the same and will buy it anyway. Just go for something you haven’t done already.
B1) Man Is Bare And Blackened By No Sin