Friday, December 23, 2011

Where Metal Drummers Go to Swing and/or Zone Out: Mick Harris

Napalm Death's Mick Harris was the rat-a-tat behind that band's early industrialized speed-metal slash crusty punk in the 80s and 90s. Listening to Scum today is still a whirlwind experience; a race through one facet of the legacy of hardcore, like the truck laden with nitroglycerine in Wages of Fear, only at 80 m.p.h. But by the mid-90s, he left Napalm Death and teamed up with Bill Laswell and, of course, John Zorn in Painkiller. He also began producing spacious "dark ambient" soundscapes under the moniker Lull. Lull's Continue is one full hour of what sounds like background noise from Eraserhead, and Moments is much of the same, only segmented into 99 some odd tracks (perhaps a tribute to Napalm Death's less-than-half-a-minute-long songs). My personal ambient favorite is Harris's duo with Bill Laswell, the Somnific Flux album.

Here's Lull's 2008 "Like a Slow River":

And Painkiller in 1993:

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