Brighter Death Now – Very Little Fun 4 LP Cold Meat Industry 2011
Although initially very excited at the pre-release announcement, as the days counted down to actual release I had a nagging worry that this set might lack a degree of cohesion, given tracks were billed as having been recorded variously between 1998 and 2005. As it transpires this concern was unfounded, as ‘Very Little Fun’ is a totally cohesive release. Of the 28 tracks, it consists of unreleased material as well as various tracks previously issued on a range of limited vinyls (including the tracks from the ‘Proceeded in Death’ 12”LP limited to a ridiculous 20 copies). Also, whilst billed as ‘box set’ the sleeve constitutes more of a deluxe gatefold cover housed within an outer slip sleeve. So to be pedantic, this ‘aint a box set in the typical sense, but the packaging is totally worthy of the material – de-bossed, block foil stamped outer cover, with an the visuals and layout reflecting Roger Karmanik’s recognisable design aesthetic.
As for the ‘music’ what you get herein is the well established trademark sound of BDN, but leaning towards the suffocating death industrial atmospheres of earlier material. Particularly much of the material here channels the slow stalking nightmare of their classic ‘Great Death’ era and ‘Necrose Evangelicum’ album – with ‘Shall I Die?’ is a particularly good example. Although it is not entirely all lo-fi death industrial doom and gloom – some tracks ramp up aggression towards BDN’s later power electronics type material, including the lurching mid paced bass heavy noise loops of ‘Getaway’ and late album track ‘Never Again’.
As per usual there is a degree of ‘blink and you miss it’ bleak black humour at the core of BDN’s work. This is evidenced through the cover of Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ (recognisable only for the vocals yelled over a slab of pulsing bass noise), and on ‘Next Train’ where Roger’s rambling vocals advises us that “he will get the next train”, as the sound of passing train horn pans through the speakers.
Whilst there sheer extent of material on here could potentially lead to exhaustion, I found this was not the case at all, and one to quite easily get immersed in from start to finish. With BDN being in existence for some 20+ years now, you should know by now what to expect, which is exactly what you here – nothing more, nothing less – without evolution, without progression – and still totally worth your investigation. Still available on 4LP, or 3CD if that format is more to taste.