From the liner notes of Forget All That and Just Wail, new music compiled by Ross Simonini for the 2013 music issue:
Diamond Terrifier, “Kill the Self That Wants to Kill Yourself”
At some point, the movie soundtrack co-opted jazz. The moods of jazz, like those of classical music, have become inextricably cinematic. Hear a Benny Goodman song, picture Woody Allen. Hear a lonely, forlorn saxophone, picture a man in an overcoat creeping through noir-lit streets. Here, Diamond Terrifier swallows the jazzy soundtrack and expels it in a fiery dragon’s-breath burp. Diamond Terrifier used to play in a group called Zs, whose musical vocabulary shares elements of free jazz, noise music, and hardcore, but on his solo project, and on this track in particular, he’s far more inclusive. With a simple repeating sample and a sax he manages to drag together all the stigmas of jazz—the saccharine romance, the smooth reverb, the screechingly avant-garde, the noodley improvisation. He doesn’t try and sidestep or reject anything, he embraces it all and creates his own little chunk of art that steps beyond the fastidious boundaries of taste.