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Maniacs Dream - Turku Hold'Em
A 66 minute excerpt from a 2 hour session from 2005. Recorded in the middle of the night after christmas - the result being the most detailed mess this trio has ever made. Bella is banging the drums naked, releasing lots of skin power. Fricara is giving the bass some feedback and Hesedelic is playing guitar very, very fast.
"It looks like the Lal Lal Lal label of Finland is putting out real CDs now, which is cool... but this new Maniacs Dream is just absurd, flagrantly thumbing its nose at the editing required by 12" vinyl capacity with one 48 minute track followed by another 23 minute track with basically no variance whatsoever in method/approach/attack, just three dudes making as much in-the-red Hijokaidan-style gtr/electronics/??? noise as possible the whole entire time (except for the tiny break of silence in between tracks, which almost sounds like the whole band just stopping on a dime to take a collective breath before diving right back in, which made me laugh but it's a pretty small punchline considering it requires almost an hour of setup)... I personally like Lal Lal Lal music best when it works from a 'beertrance' backbeat/pulse, simple as that, but maybe, just maybe, this total blitzing metallic zonkerosity that not many can or would rival does indeed become its own kind of (anti)pulse, a monument to absurd excess too large to ignore... what an endurance test... I mean I will listen to it again, ha ha.... at least once, heh heh... I mean the noise they produce is very, ha ha, PSYCHEDELIC, ha ha ha....(looks around nervously)... the artwork is notable/weird/random as always, the usual inscrutable pictures of urban/suburban Finland life (basketball hoops, sweatshirts, a motorcycle, home decorations, a thanks lists longer than some hip-hop albums, a Basil Wolvertonesque drawing of a crazed dude taking apart his own head on the cover... scratch own head NOW)...."
- Larry Dolman / BLOGSTITUDE
"Itís been a long time since I listened to a record like this, unless you count Zeitkratzerís Metal Machine Music, and after months of avoiding the kind of methodology inherent here it was refreshing and gratifying to listen to something steeped in the relentless, playful abstraction that Maniacs Dream conjure so effectively. Which is not to say I wholeheartedly dug it Ė Larry Dolman described this record with a kind of overwhelmed ambivalence, which I rather deferred to during those moments of listening comprehension when Iím suddenly listening again, conscious that the music, thanks to its very incessant and pervasive artifice, tends to fade into the walls under the weight of its own monochromatic dynamic. But the textures are varied and, for the most part, teem with colourful nuance and subtle shifts in perspective Ė this ainít some power electronics dunce from darkest Illinois, is what I mean. With two tracks at 45 and 20 minutes you really need to be zoned in to appreciate the moves these dudes pull, unless youíre content to fade in and out, which is what I couldnít help but do, but which made the experience much more positive than, say, an hour spent in the company of some power electronics douche from Illinois with his dick attached to a DS-1. I donít know any power electronics douches from Illinois, by the way. Iíve never even been there. And Iím not totally happy creating a negative stance by which to praise this record, but take it as a measure of its effect that Iím not trying too hard to rectify that."
- Joe Luna / foxy digitalis
"There's one thing you can say about Finnish trio Maniacs Dream - they're loud. How loud are they? Loud to the point of being obnoxiously, ear-popping levels loud. As I type this, the stereo is playing at a mere two, and 15 minutes in, I can already feel my ears getting fried. The name of the game is volume and sheer power. Drums are being massacred by Bella, while bass gets a work-out from Fricara and those lovely guitar-scrapes are done up at maximum levels by Hesedelic. Two long tracks - 47 and 22 minutes in length - each one being harsher than the previous one. Recommended solely to those who enjoy being run over by sheer amounts of over-the-top electrical current."
- Tom Sekowski / Gaz-Eta