Usually the music featured on this blog ranges from sweet pieces of pop to danceable electronic nuggets, but every now and then I come across something that’s so horrible and bad for the eardrums that I can’t help but throw it your way. End Position is one of those records, and Street Sects are the source of it. If you like it, you are a masochist, if you don’t, then I’m so sorry.

‘And I Grew Into Ribbons’ gives you a good idea of what to expect from this record. Harsh guitars are thrown together with glitched synthesisers and throat-ripping vocals to deliver something that could have you running for your life. This satanic instrumental features samples people fearing for their lives and glass breaking – it’s terrifying, but so badass.

Street Sects produce some of the most unique instrumentals I’ve heard this year, as End Position becomes the more immediate younger brother of Swans’ ‘The Glowing Man’. Instrumentals like the stop-start grooves of ‘In Defense of Resentment’, the stuttering esoteric sounds of ‘Featherweight Hate’ and the shotgun-esque deliveries of sound on ‘Victims of Nostalgia’ are original beyond belief and combined with the sheer amount of destruction the band throw into it, the record stands out as one of the best of 2016.

End Position is a blown out, disgusting mess of a record, but I can’t help but love it. Street Sects throw a ridiculous amount of passion and energy into this thing to produce material that sounds broken beyond repair. It’s full of eruptions of sound, explosions of rage and it’s all packed into a thunderous listening experience. I need to go listen to Whale sounds right now, my ears hurt too much. Great record.

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