A part of me believes that few others have done more for opening my mind to the eternally raging question “What is music?” than Kevin Tomkins and Masami Akita. Here, Tomkins takes a break from fellow power electronics project Whitehouse to explore an even darker and more sinister realm. Sutcliffe Jügend, particularly on When Pornography is No Longer Enough, is another entry into a subsection of art that makes you question your limits. Does a concept album about the hunting, raping, and killing of women cross some invisible line that separates acceptable self-exploration and deranged exploitation?
Well, that’s completely up to you, but When Pornography is No Longer Enough certainly doesn’t make it easy. It’s one of the most difficult listens I’ve ever encountered, both musically and lyrically. The distortion and menacing low-end wooshes--truly white noise miasma--are only punctured by Tomkins shrill screams. As a chaotic cacophony of broken synths labor under “Second Victim - With Brutal Force - My Pleasure Your Pain,” Tomkins, with demented delight, verbally assaults the audience and his imaginary victim with chilling howls. “I wish your fucking mother was here to see this!” Are your limits pushed? Yes.