Let me get this out of the way up front. for any of our loyal Vault Hunters who may have seen the name Konflict and gotten confused: yes, that does look like the way an MC might spell the word ‘conflict,’ but you can rest assured that IMV is not getting into the rap game.
Honestly, though, the trio of Sri Lankan noise terrorists–Berserk Kontra, HSLKGAMINI, and AKCNN–probably could have rapped over the hellish squalls of harsh noise and grinding black metal on their forthcoming EP Trigger Universal Conflict and it might actually have worked, though I’m kind of glad they didn’t. While I can almost imagine El-P and Killer Mike of Run the Jewels spitting fire over the cacophony, the heavily processed snarls and alien-sounding spoken passages favored by Konflict actually prove far more unsettling.
Let me put it bluntly: Trigger Universal Conflict is one of the most unpleasant records I’ve heard in a very long time. I mean this as a compliment. It ranks right up there with Hantarash 3 and Whitehouse’s Total Sex, but with heavily distorted guitars thrown into the mix. And even thought “අයං විනාසනාම කාලෝ,” the song we’re premiering from it today here at the Vault, is an eyelash under two minutes long, my guess would be that a decent portion of our readership won’t be able to endure the entire song.
However, for the connoisseurs of all things ugly – the sickos who listen to something like Gnaw Their Tongues and say ‘not nasty enough’ – this shit will be like aural catnip. Though even they may get to the end of Trigger Universal Conflict’s 18-minute run time and mutter something about being ‘too high’ and need to lie down for a few minutes.
And in case you still doubt me, know that “අයං විනාසනාම කාලෝ,” which Google Translate says is Sinhala for “It Was a Chilling Day,” is probably the most accessible of the six songs on the EP. That’s partly because it at least feints at having something resembling a song structure. It doesn’t hurt that it’s also the shortest track, and as such provides the ideal entry point for newcomers to these agents of sonic chaos.
Trigger Universal Conflict will be available on December 1 from Cyclopean Eye Productions. If you have the fortitude to make it through “අයං විනාසනාම කාලෝ,” it can be preordered both digitally and on CD here.