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Cut Hands - Afro Noise I


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Product details

  • Audio CD (23 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Susan Lawly / Very Friendly
  • ASIN: B004XHE61U
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,625 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Welcome To The Feast Of Trumpets
2. Stabbers Conspiracy
3. Rain Washes Over Chaff
4. Nzambi ia Lufua
5. Who No Know Go Knows
6. ++++ (Four Crosses)
7. Backlash
8. Shut Up And Bleed
9. Munkisi Munkondi
10. Impassion
11. Ezili Freda
12. Bia Mintatu
13. Rain Washes Over Every Thing

Product Description

13 tracks of startling afro noise that will blow your f**king mind an unholy genre unto itself a bludgeoning mix of machine and vaudou/Central African percussion plus other acoustic instruments combine to create one of the most physically intense musical experiences ever songs featured in VBS's films 'Vice Guide To Liberia' and 'Mandingo' since 2007's Whitehouse album Racket, and after his original 'Afro Noise' mix became one of the most downloaded experimental mixes ever made, William Bennett's remarkable Cut Hands album has seen 4 long years of meticulously obsessive studio work in the making, notably deploying his special collection of Congolese and Ghanaian percussion instruments all songs written and produced by William Bennett, mastering and remastering by Denis Blackham CD features 16pp booklet with special artwork, and extended texts by William Bennett and Mimsy Deblois. total playing time: 49 minutes 25 seconds.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Aeontomicer on 23 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
Anybody familiar with African / Ghanan / Funeral Drumming will feel right at home with this. Regular listeners of noise / PE will be suprised to some extent with the CD as there is a distinct difference to anything in the past, hence the new band name and genre.

Many tracks are energetic and give a real feeling of being 'dragged into the woods' and into a drumming festival, or maybe in a South African warzone (Stabbers Conspiracy, Backlash). These tracks evoke a strange fear, a Dark, Foreboding feeling of the unknown. Other tracks create an atmospheric, trance like feeling, which still have this eerie atmosphere (Four Crosses, Rain Washes Over Chaff / Away Everything). However each track is unique in its own way, the album is obviously themed but there is a lot of variation, mixing old with new. The electronics are second to none as always and the mastering is powerful and loud. You can tell that a lot of work has gone into making this album.

The booklet has very intresting passages from William Bennett, Mimsy DeBlois along with other text and veve artwork.

This album is an experience that combines the power and intimacy of complex African style beats with electronics that are very unique and obscure.

96/100
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dipesh parmar on 3 Aug 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Cut Hands is the new project from legendary noise-provocateur William Bennett, better known as the man behind Whitehouse. Bennett has had a long-standing fascination with african music, especially Congolese and Ghanaian ritual drumming<!--more-->, collecting all sorts of Congolese and Ghanaian percussion instruments over many years.

Anybody who has heard any of Whitehouses music will know its never an easy ride, and so it is with Cut Hands. But there is a distinct difference with Cut Hands that is far removed from Bennet's back catalogue. 'Afro Noise I' places itself in the dark corners of African music, a harsh and menacing album, full of aggression. But the surprise is how meditative some of Bennet's music is, there are hints of ambient music, even jazz.

The driving percussion of 'Stabbers conspiracy' hits you immediately, a complex barrage of drums and pulsating metallic beats are rapidly layered into a chaotic frenzy. Similar tracks like 'Backlash' and 'Impassion' emphasise the physicality and tribalism of the music, its not difficult to be moved by its sheer hypnotic power.

But its not all out and out aggression, and this is the surprise. Bennett's music has rarely shown signs of subtlety in the past, but its in abundance on this album. Traditional african instruments such as djembes, doundouns, ksings and other acoustic drums are mixed with modern electronics. Tracks like 'Four Crosses', and 'Rain Washes Over Chaff' reach into you in ways the other more visceral tracks can't, leaving you in a dream-state. But there is always a lurking sense of unease accompanying any periods of meditation, you are never in a state of bliss for long.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hello on 10 Mar 2013
Format: Audio CD
Honestly - if a musician wants to play with 'authentic afro - african instruments' learn to play them then. Seriously, this is bad second rate drumming reminiscent of hippy world music festivals of the 1980's nothing new or exciting to be found here. If you really want to hear something different that is being done with Afro-caribbean / African percussion go to the source - there is some seriously experimental music out there. Forget this has been (or in this case - never was).
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