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'mega chuffed' out on Mask Of The Slave

Overall Rating: B+
Composition: B+
Sounds: B+
Production Quality: B+
Concept: D+
Packaging: C
Has it already been 2 months? That really seems like too long of a time to go without receiving a new Chefkirk record, and I was starting to get worried too! But alas, Chefkirk has come through again, Roger Smith, it just makes me feel good knowing you're out there (kinda like the dude), recording Chefkirk tracks and subtly taking a stand for animal rights and veganism with your quirky, off-topic track titles and improving harsh noise skills. This is probably the best Chefkirk I have received to date, and it's great that he keeps improving with seemingly every release, even though Mega Chuffed is a shorty at only a little above 30 minutes in length. But, it also fits the format and meanders a lot less then previous efforts which really helps. 30 minutes seems to be enough for what Chefkirk has to say, which, I have to admit, at times, doesn't seem like much. Mega Chuffed is guarunteed though, to take the listener on a wild and wacky ride through all sorts of harsh noise textures thrown at you relentlessly. One of the things I really like about the material here is the “mid-pace” of it all. It doesn't feel as if Chefkirk is pigeonholing himself into being a spastic cut-up noise artist or a wall-noise droner. The tracks sometimes will be flailing and changing at 1000 times a minute, and at other moments will ruefully be charging along, working out new ideas, bringing them to the table and throwing them away if he doesn't like them, or expanding on them if he does. This doesn't really come across as a practice or even that much more of an “experimental” album which old Chefkirk reeked of because there aren't really any bad moments in here. The noise is always moving somewhere, though at times slower then others, but it breaks down, it stutters, it speeds up then is chopped into a million tiny pieces, and is finally melted together again forming an intimidating towering pile of junk, but one that makes some great sound. The negative aspect of the release lies mainly in the ideas and how they are expressed. Well, I have nothing against the veganism aspect being a vegetarian for years, but I don't really see how the song titles or album artwork really have anything to do with that. On top of their irrelevance, with names like “Temerature Probe Cooking”, “#5939”, and “Pecan Woodgrain Vinyl Finish” Chefkirk is doing himself a disservice here. The names and words, everything but the sound here (even the artwork seems hacked together and more like a hipster-influenced electro-pop album then a noise record) are just plain silly, and not in a laugh out loud way either – which would be better if it were – but a way that screams “this is meaningless, pay no attention” which I do, and then feel that the sound is very one-dimensional because of it. Unfortunate when the message seems so important. Despite that little rant, I do enjoy the album and anytime I need a quick noise blast both in my ears and in my ass, I'll be sure to grab this off the shelf and work it in. It's good to see the evolution in Chefkirk's sound improving but I can't wait for the day when he gets his vision and focus in line as well.
Blood Ties WebZine

More and more and more music by Chefkirk, nom de plume for Roger H. Smith. By now his discography is filled to the top with releases that reads like a telephone book into the world of CDR labels - an alternate goal for him might be to release a work on every CDR label. 'Mega Chuffed' is release number 176 or so, and actually the noise he puts on here is quite nice. For once the somewhat lengthier tracks (as opposed to some of his other releases) sound like Merzbow on an average day, as opposed to Chefkirk trying to sound like a bad Merzbow clone. The rhythm aspect that he used to spice up his noise in recent time is almost gone here, and whereas I thought it would be a line of development to explore, I must say that the pure noise assault is quite alright this time. It's hard to tell why this is, more like a feeling than something that can be outlined in exact words. One of the better Chefkirk releases so far.
Vital Weekly (Frans de Waard)

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