Whitehouse
Dedicated To Peter Kurten Sadist And Mass Slayer


3.5
great

Review

by CaliggyJack USER (96 Reviews)
December 12th, 2015 | 16 replies


Release Date: 1981 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's alright, but short tracks and weird remakes a good album doesn't make.

Here's the reality; trying to recreate the utter genius that is Erector, is like trying to find a second Holy Grail. It is impossible. Did Bennett know this when he made Dedicated to Peter Kurten? Maybe, maybe not; frankly, I can't tell. What I do know is that it is an all around good album with some bad flaws that drag it down. Being the first of the serial killer trilogy, and the second of three Whitehouse albums released in 1981, Dedicated to Peter Kurten found itself in an odd place.

Unlike previous albums before, Peter Kurten has small tracks between 2 to 3 minutes each. One thing you will notice straight out of the gate is that it uses the same noise formula as Erector, with piercing scratches and distorted yelling. Innovation was probably not something on William's mind when making this. One thing of note, that this is the first album in which Peter McKay shared producer credits with Bennett. Peter Kurten also "remakes" some tracks from his previous records.

Going over the remade tracks will force you to confront how mediocre some are compared to their originals. On Top (new version) [Birthdeath Experience] simply remakes the track with Erector era scratching and harsh vocals that pale in comparison to the horrifying synth shitshow that is the original track. Her Entry (new version) [Total Sex (Reissue)] really doesn't improve much on what was already an unnecessary track from the outset. I do praise Bennett's echo effect however, which is something he used frequently in Total Sex, but never went back on.

This goes without saying, but The Second Coming (new version) [Birthdeath Experience] is one of the most famous and iconic Whitehouse tracks in their 27 year history. It was one of the few remakes that made fans forget about the original and it isn't hard to see why. Bennett and McKay transform the track in a creepy and downright terrifying exploration of masterful scratch effects and curdled yodeling. Hell, I would go as far as to say that The Second Coming (new version) is just as important as the entire album of Erector.

The regular tracks don't exactly have much going for them. Prosexist, Pissfun, and Rape Day waste time on the same scratch effects found in Erector, coupled with Williams distorted screaming. Those three tracks have a good start, but the fact they are only 2 to 3 minutes long doesn't give the tracks enough time to get the ball rolling. By the time the tracks end, I feel like something is missing, or unfinished. CNA just conflicts with the whole aesthetic of the entire album, using a fluid synth sound that statics out of control along with William's yelling. It isn't too bad, but length didn't do this track any justice, and it feels out of place.

Dom is one of my favorite tracks on this record. Using the same moving water effect that was used in Pissfun while continuously banging a base against it creates a contrast between powerful and soft. While Pissfun used this same formula, the scratching came too early and it messed up what could have been an interesting track. In Dom, the scratching slowly inches itself forward as the water sound continues, making it all the more impactful when William hits the gas on the track and all Hell breaks loose in the final track. Dedicated to Peter Kurten uses the most outrageously ear piercing scratching sound yet and it is a good contrast to Dom and a fine way to finish off the album itself. One of the more interesting aspects of this track is William's microphone volume effect, and the tracks heavy use of digital effects from McKay, both make the track even more crazy than could ever be achieved with just scratching.

By far though, the beginning track Ripper Territory, is my absolute top track. Displaying a gong against the backdrop of a newscast of Peter Kurten's trial. The background of the track features a weird buzzing sound, adding to the creepy aspect of the newscast, and making things all the more frightening. Over the course of the track, William's laughing can be heard along with repeated bursts of scratching, adding to an already amazing track.

Overall, Dedicated to Peter Kurten is good, not amazing, but good. The album's use of remakes and short time spans for tracks simply hindered the album rather than help it, but it did create a fan favorite with The Second Coming (new version). It was obvious that Bennett had a lot more work to do, and reminded Whitehouse fans that Erector could never be imitated, no matter how hard you tried.



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Supercoolguy64
December 12th 2015


10689 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn, you've been getting better and better at reviewing

pos'd

Digging: Bench - The Return and Exit of the Chaven Kline Buzz Kill

SharkTooth
December 12th 2015


14269 Comments


It's so weird that this review is so well written when your Rock Ross one has so much wrong with it

CaliggyJack
December 13th 2015


7318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not every review I write is going to be bad, and not everyone I write is going to be good. I wish I could be that consistent, but I can't.

CaliggyJack
December 13th 2015


7318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks Sach. Your Asceticists 2006 review is f*cking amazing and is what inspired me to start writing Whitehouse reviews so this makes me happy. I should let you know, I will be writing a review of Asceticists but it will probably never surpass yours ;D

CaliggyJack
December 13th 2015


7318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love all music. So you'll find me writing reviews for almost anything from any genre. I plan to hold off my review of Buchenwald while I finish my review of BVB IV. Then I will share my time writing reviews for Whitehouse and Rick Ross, and then The Beatles once I am finished with those two :D

CaliggyJack
December 13th 2015


7318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I eagerly await comments from you and supercooldude.

Supercoolguy64
December 13th 2015


10689 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

its supercoolGUY, for your information mister

fucc just because of that im going write revs for every single whitehouse album and they will be a million times better than yours

CaliggyJack
December 13th 2015


7318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fite me irl bro



do you even noise?

Supercoolguy64
December 13th 2015


10689 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this one time i had a dream i killed someone dont fuck with me man

and i have you know that i once made a bandcamp to release my own audacity noise project bitch

CaliggyJack
December 13th 2015


7318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I have a bandcamp too. I have released two albums and am working on a third. Experiemental Music. WANNA GO BOI

bach
December 13th 2015


16286 Comments


whitehouse - committed to vape

Supercoolguy64
December 13th 2015


10689 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pro-vapist

CaliggyJack
December 13th 2015


7318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Get vaped

CaliggyJack
December 13th 2015


7318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Writing my review of Buchenwald right now. Since I released a review today, I'll probably wait till 1AM tonight to release it when done.

Supercoolguy64
December 14th 2015


10689 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the perfect time to listen to early PE!

RLWFormula
November 15th 2016


287 Comments


Album is so fucking badass

ideal for studying



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