Grip Of Inertia reviewed by Virtual Ritual
This album is Canadian Jake Vida’s first recorded material in over four and a half years. Merzbow is sited as a heavy influence and harsh noise seems to be the genre that Vida has placed his work in. “Habitual 1” is certainly harsh and blistering in distortion. It sounds quite free form and improvisatory as well, as the bed of sound shifts in texture and at times oscillates in a fixed rhythm, if only for a short while. “Metal Lord” is another good display of smooth manipulation, which requires deep listening from the audience, if they want to notice the subtle changes that occur throughout the song. “Habitual 2” incorporates a similar approach aesthetically, whereas in the beginning of “Grip of Inertia” there is a tape loop of a man and a woman talking about headlights (it becomes more and more strange after listening to it repeat throughout the song) mixed with a spastic analog synth wooshing and blipping all over the place.