Let’s get this out of the way right out front – power electronics makes me uneasy. But of course that’s also kind of the point, right? Last year I read Fight Your Own War – Power Electronics and Noise Culture to learn more about it, and frankly the book didn’t make me any more comfortable with the genre, particularly some of the more extreme behavior and views of some performers.
All that being said, I still decided to give Psycho Bondage a shot when I stumbled across it the other day. I’m by no means an expert not he genre, so I have no concept of where Redrot falls in the power electronics spectrum. But my observation is that this is less “noise” than one typically finds in the genre, being a bit more structured. Maybe it’s more on the industrial side. The label describes it as “straddl[ing] a hazy line between death-industrial, power-electronics, crust/sludge, and a more ferocious take on minimal synth”, and I’m willing to take their word for it, because if I don’t someone wearing a leather hood with a zipper mouth may show up on my doorstep.
Will I listen to Psycho Bondage again? Don’t know. It’s intense as hell, but it’s also probably the most approachable extreme music I’ve heard in a while, walking the razor’s edge between mainstream industrial and way-out-there experimental noise. Definitely not for the faint at heart.