Stimbox - Lazer Noise Up Your Ass
Release: Laser Noise Up Your Ass
Label: Hebi Like A Snake
Stimbox, Lazer Noise Up Your Ass, is a collection of tracks that were "previously released" in one form or another and is now released on his label "Hebi Like A Snake" in one CDr. The first track is the epic "California Scheming" which has caused a kind of rift in the space time noise scene continuum. The idea behind this track was that some of these sound sources appeared on the four sides of the 10 LP California Boxset which was released by Troniks, RRRecords, and Groundfault. Half of the people that have heard of or are part of this boxset will claim that Stimbox did not add any noises to these four live sets at all, while others claim that you can clearly hear Stimbox’s ‘lazer noise touch’ in some of the tracks. I’ve heard examples from the LP sides and this track, "California Scheming" and I’d have to say you’d need to be a maniac not to tell the difference. Yes, noise is noise and has no notes, but an ear can tune into sound and I hear the Stimbox samples in these LP sides clearly. Don’t ask me which LP sides they are cause I can’t remember and that’s for you to find out. Yes, most of the noise in this long 22 minute track sounds like lazer blasts, but they’re good lazer blasts. Cannon shots ripping from channel to channel with great echo effects. Lots of hiss too! One thing is certain, whether the sound samples are there or not I think it helped boost sales for the 10LP set as well as Stimbox’s releases, which is all I really care about in the end.
Track 2, 5:51, was a biz-card released on Troniks a while back and is a lot more tame compared to the last track. It features some electric scrapes along with electric bleeps and blasts. This track has the same style that makes up the last one and I like this one a lot better simply cause it sounds more "live" than anything. A good short shot!
Track 3, Squid Ripper, was a track that was done with the split cassette tape on Troniks with The Cherry Point. It sounds like what it is too. High pitched feedback with a slow drone tumbling in the background. Not my favorite track but it ends nice and harsh. The last 3 minutes make up the first 7.
Tracks 4 and 5, Impulse I and II, were featured as a 3" that was released on Sewer Records. Impulse I is great. It starts off slow with a few high hisses and some feedback and then it goes into a great terrifying non-stop barrage of slashes and heavy smashes. Lots of movements and the track is ever changing. Not in a cut-up sense, but just in great hand movements with Tim’s pedals and knobs. Impulse II is a bit different and has a lot more echo and delay. Something I like as I do this style often myself. About half way through the track then comes at you with more harsh walls and flicks of paint start shooting at your face from being ripped of the wall. A great 3" this was!
"Lupus Tuberculoso" makes up the remaining tracks, 6-26, and these were previously released as a 3" as well. All the tracks are short and range from 43 seconds to 1 minute. It seems to be mastered quieter than the other tracks but they all flow together like one long track. This is my least favorite noise in this compilation. There seems to be no movement just a bash of noise that echos for a bit until another bash of noise follows it. The tracks do get harsher as the CD ends and it’s good cause I end up liking it more by the time the whole CD is over. This is some of Tim’s older material too, recorded in 2001, so it’s not bad, his new stuff is better.
The artwork is great and features a large collection of laser toy guns with the "Metallica" looking symbol of Stimbox over it. The printing is sharp and the CDr print is well done too. All in all I think this is a great collection if your new to Stimbox and also a makes a great guide to that fabled tale; "Was Stimbox on the 10LP California set or not?" Buy both and tell for yourself.