New Noise Magazine is hosting an exclusive double premiere, unveiling new tracks from New York-based GRIDFAILURE and California-based S.C.R.A.M. as the two ominous solo projects prepare to release their split EP next week.
The GRIDFAILURE material was written, performed, recorded, and mixed by David Brenner at The Compound in Valley Cottage, New York, and the S.C.R.A.M. material written, performed, recorded, and mixed by Pranjal Tiwari at The Sarcophagus in Oakland, California. All tracks were mastered by Dan Emery at Black Matter Mastering in Nashville, Tennessee (Kool Keith, Many Blessings, Thetan), and the cover was created with photography by Tiwari and Brenner, manipulated/designed by Brenner.
Of the GRIDFAILURE track “Systemwide Anomaly,” Brenner writes, “When the grid goes down, it won’t simply be about survival. It will be a purge of humanity: ‘All circuits are flooded, The backup derailed. The entire system, overrun, Every safeguard has failed. With the grid in shambles, chaos runs amok. Residents take matters into their own hands, The system is fucked. This systemwide anomaly, A complete catastrophe. This is just what we needed, An excuse to set this hatred free.'”
Of S.C.R.A.M.’s “Oxidization Of Zirconium With Steam” Tiwari offers, “The creepy crawling tippy tapping march of an unseen chain reaction. You couldn’t stop this if you wanted to. These things go bump in the night. Don’t forget to vent.”
Visit New Noise Magazine to stream GRIDFAILURE’s “Systemwide Anomaly” and S.C.R.A.M.’s “Oxidization Of Zirconium With Steam” RIGHT HERE.
Watch for additional videos from the record and more to be issued shortly.
GRIDFAILURE is the unpredictable and confrontational audiovisual project David Brenner, yielding dense, tension-filled output, with elements of dark ambient and dark hardcore, infused with jazz, world music, folk, harsh noise, electronica, punk, and more. GRIDFAILURE‘s four new songs on the split burst from between the tense atmospheres of the S.C.R.A.M. tracks, offsetting the tension with a barrage of explosive post-industrial, apocalyptic annihilation. Created within a matrix of intense pedalboard arrangements and effects, reverberating, lo-fi percussion is shrouded in a phosphorus fog of bass, guitars, synth, field recordings, and more, with a vortex of multiple vocal tracks piercing through with confrontational dissolution. Lyrically fueled by societal disintegration, environmental collapse, and existential mental crises, once again, GRIDFAILURE evades accessibility and embraces techniques to deliver the utmost discomforting and visceral listening experience possible.
S.C.R.A.M. (Safety Control Rod Axe Man) is the solo project of Oakland, California-based musician Pranjal Tiwari. Known for his work with the long-running cult doom metal band Cardinal Wyrm, with this project, Tiwari utilizes this project to create cinematic, experimental, ambient/electronic and heavily instrumental passages. The S.C.R.A.M. portion of this split is a journey from the exterior to the interior, based around the event of a catastrophic nuclear reactor meltdown. It starts with a hurried trek through the safety of the outer perimeter, continues through the concrete shroud around a burning reactor, amid the groans of a heaving pressure vessel and cascading chain reactions. The final track, “The Loneliness Of Cesium 137,” takes us right to the elemental level, to the creation of a new isotope. That track, and the split, ends with a primal roar – the cataclysmic scream of birth, and the flailing restlessness of something unseen, a consciousness convulsing beyond the barrier of the material, its lonely, lashing spirit constrained by atomic structure and bellowing to be free. Tiwari supplies and handles vocals, sequencer, synthesizers, guitars, live drums, and field recordings, heavily shaped with a bizarre and unique “noise box” built by Ash from Ormus Electronics, with additional vocals provided by Joelle Garson.