VARIOUS ARTISTS  RRR - 1000  LP   (RRRecords)   20.00

Holy crap! I missed out on the original Locked Groove releases that came out on RRRecords in the 90's, the first of which I believe was the RRR-100 7" from 1993 that featured extensive locked grooves from Skullflower, Jim O'Rourke, Controlled Bleeding, Trance, Brighter Death Now, Borbetomagus, F/i, and a whole host of classic industrial/noise groups, and I'm still dreaming about finding a quality used copy of the massive RRR-500 LP that followed in '98, which contained 250 locked grooves per side and featured a staggering lineup of contributing artists that ranged from 7000 Dying Rats to Kazumoto Endo to Birchville Cat Motel to Sonic Youth to Lockweld to dISEMBOWELMENT (!!!) to Atrax Morgue...

Never imagined that RRRecords could top that, which lineup-wise is probably impossible, but in a manner of speaking Ron has taken the concept a step further with this new collection that features - count 'em - one thousand locked grooves, five hundred per side. Colossal! The lineup is much smaller with only twenty contributing artists, but it's an impressive gathering of current movers and shakers in the extreme sound art/noise underground, and who would want to try to coordinate a thousand different artists on a single release? Fuck that idea. The names for the mighty RRR-1000 include Japanese noise legends Incapacitants, AMK, Aaron Dilloway, Otomo Yoshihide, C. Spencer Yeh (Burning Star Core), New Blockaders, Lasse Marhaug, Prurient, Damion Romero, Sudden Infant, Runzelstirn & Gurgelstock, Thomas Dimuzio, Kevin Drumm, Carlos Giffoni, Francisco Lopez, GX Jupitter-Larsen, Jason Lescalleet, Jerome Noetinger and RLW, lots of great masters in there along with a smattering of newer names I'm not familiar with, but everyone delivers top notch recordings. Each artist provides fifty different locked grooves, which allows them to explore the concept more extensively, crafting each lock into a single (potentially) neverending blur of sound, which in the case of RRR-1000 is mostly caustic, often BRUTAL noise.

The record comes in a heavy handmade cover created by RRRecords labelhead Ron himself, with the artist order, bits of pilfered magazine images, duct tape, weird photos and other imagery cobbled together into a delirious collage, each record jacket being totally unique.