Whitehouse
Asceticists 2006


3.5
great

Review

by CaliggyJack USER (83 Reviews)
July 26th, 2017 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: SEE THAT TOASTER OVER THERE!? I'M GONNA FUCK IT.

Whitehouse do as Whitehouse do.

That's about the best statement that can be made about the Power Electronics outfit by William Bennett. Regardless of whether they change their style or keep trudging along with the same thing they've done before; Whitehouse does as Whitehouse does. It had been three years since William redefined his own catalog with Birdseed, and that album's reputation made making Asceticists 2006 all the more difficult. How do you outdo something to the level of Birdseed" Do you go back to your old ways; do you explore new horizons; or do you attempt to improve upon the original template" Asceticists 2006 was William basically saying "Fuck it! Let's just stick our dicks in it and hope for the best." And stick his dick in it he did. Was it a success" Yes. Did it outdo Birdseed" Hell no.

Of course, you can't go over a Whitehouse album without talking about the tracks that work. My personal favorite track has to be Ruthless babysitting, with William returning to the trademark screaming with what I like to call the "H Triple B" or "Heavy Bass Boost Beats". Of course William uses this technique almost religiously in Asceticists, making rounds in other tracks like Dans and Language Recovery. This is where we come to the first pitfall of the album, the repetition is obnoxious and not in a good way. Most of the tracks feel the same every time and, although they are all quality tracks, for a lot of Whitehouse fans it can become boring about halfway through the album.

Is this prevalent in every track" No. One of the biggest examples of this is Nzambi la Lufua, a two and a half minute track the features an extended feedback noise almost as if a train was recorded, distorted, and then played back slowly. It can really screw around with the head and is a great halfway point for the album; a way to reinvigorate a fan if they got bored over the repetition. Dumping the Fuccking Rubbish repeats the fast paced, H Triple B style of Why You Never Became a Dancer, utilizing that signature style without just becoming an outright mimic of the whole damn thing.

In the end Asceticists 2006 was caught between a rock and a hard place while having a nasty kidney stone. It didn't know whether it wanted to stay where it was, go back to the past, or progress towards the future; so it attempted to do all three. It isn't a bad album, it's great; but Whitehouse has passed great at this point. Noise is not a genre that permits mediocre output. This isn't like regular music where, even if it is bad, you can still make it popular cause it's catchy. Noise doesn't have the luxury of commercial success and never will, and because of that it consistently demands the absolute best of it's performers. With that said, Asceticists 2006 is a great album, but that is not enough for Whitehouse at this point.



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CaliggyJack
July 26th 2017


2380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Real talk.



I've come a long way from being the new kid on the block who accidentally posted 3 BVB album reviews in one day as my first impression. Despite that, I was treated with nothing but respect on this site, and Whitehouse reviews have become a staple of my output, even so, we are nearing close to the end of their discography, but I'll reserve reviewing their final album as I want it to be my 100th review, so it'll be some time away. Looking back since my first Whitehouse review, it is amazing to see how times have changed, and to see how I have changed, and I am glad I got to learn all of these things in the company of you crazy motherfuckers. Thank you for giving me a voice, and thanks to this site for making it seem like my voice matters. You guys kick ass.

TheSonomaDude
July 26th 2017


6748 Comments


Indeed it's pretty cool. I took an 18-month absence from this site and just return to find a completely new Caliggy, and it's definitely surprising (although I was fine with the "old" one) Nice to see you again man

Nice review btw. I should check out more Whitehouse from the sounds of this review.

TVC15
July 26th 2017


9872 Comments


No Jack, you kick ass

Digging: HEALTH - VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR

Dissonant
July 26th 2017


358 Comments


Awesome. Whitehouse rules

hal1ax
July 26th 2017


12997 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

one of the weaker whitehouse records

hal1ax
July 26th 2017


12997 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

good review tho mane

EphemeralEternity
July 26th 2017


3230 Comments


nice review dawg. can't really get into these guys myself for w/e reason. bird seed is aight and a few others arent too bad but i wasn't a fan of this at all iirc

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
July 26th 2017


14139 Comments


Only know killing hurts give you the secrets off this

Solid track

Digging: Paddy McAloon - I Trawl The Megahertz

Flugmorph
July 26th 2017


20667 Comments


this is no sodom for sure

NeroCorleone80
July 26th 2017


34561 Comments


big step down from bird seed

CaliggyJack
July 26th 2017


2380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is no sodom for sure



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hal1ax
July 26th 2017


12997 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

dissonant your av is terrifying. i fcking hate monkeys

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
July 27th 2017


14139 Comments


i get that, they look malevolent



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