After Steve Lieberman The Gangsta Rabbi received news that his cancer had become terminal he got working on his latest release entitled Terminator V617F. To classify this album is hard. There are drums, distorted guitars, trombones and much more which amalgamate into a ball of white noise. Lieberman sings on this album but I’m not exaggerating when I say I’m not completely sure what language it was in. I was trying to make out words but I think it just sounded like gibberish. If this was in fact English it's most likely the most indecipherable lyrics I have heard. Take a listen.
Things open with “Garbage Man” which is noise rock to the extreme. Take a band like (early) Deerhoof and add more distortion and trombones and you might have an idea...maybe. This is one of the better songs on the album. It mostly feels like an unsettling ride of anxiety. “The Real Me” contains more distortion and dissonance while “The Rabbi is Dead” contains whimsical flute that gets battered with white noise.
Things start to spiral out of control on “The Show of My Life” which sounds like the beginning of a bad trip...a really bad trip. It’s like you are at Disneyland and you realize that the puppets in the “It’s a small world” attraction are living, breathing sentient beings who want nothing more then to swallow your soul. “Feeling Stronger Every Day” isn't quite as empowering the name suggests but maybe it is...I don’t know what to think.
“Mourn for Me Like the Prophet” is an eight-plus-minute exploration of tolerance and understanding. Lieberman makes noises from his mouth I believe as the jarring array of sounds is sure to peak the senses.
I have an ambivalent relationship with this record. On one hand these songs are difficult to listen to and if you’re going to argue with me on that then you probably enjoy the smell of your own farts. On the other hand no one sounds like Steve Lieberman The Gangsta Rabbi. He's really doing his own thing and you have to respect that. Beyond the dissonance and white noise is a heartfelt attempt at creating original art.
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