Non is essentially the one-man project of noisemonger and provocateur Boyd Rice, whose solo work is virtually interchangeable with that released under his Non alias. Rice's first work, originally titled The Black Album,
consisted of looped bits of girl-group and bubblegum songs worked into
a numbing drone; it was released in 1981 by Mute under the title Boyd
Rice. Subsequent Non releases like the antagonistic Physical Evidence
(1982) and the textured noise of Blood and Flame (1987) pushed the
limits of aural accessibility. A compilation of Non's '80s material,
some of it non-LP, was released in 1991 under the title Easy Listening
for Iron Youth. In the mid-'90s, Rice has revived Non often; 1992's In the Shadow of the Sword focused on social Darwinism, while 1995's Might! was an opus of musically backed poetry inspired by author Ragnar Redbeard's (likely Jack London) Might Is Right. NonGod and Beast
in 1997, sporting the clearest production to date on any of their
works. Receive the Flame followed in early 2000 and Children of the
Black Sun in 2002, the latter accompanied by a DVD 5.1 mix of the album.
~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide
1995 - Might!
Tracks : 1 No Nirvana (prelude) 2 Ye Who Fall 3 Credo 4 Ultimatum 5 Force 6 Deletion 7 Warring Atoms 8 Evolution 9 No Nirvana 10 The Immolation Of Man 11 Logic Of The Spheres 12 Great Destroyers
"MIGHT!". Brute force-power in its most elemental form.
Lyrically and musically challenging, "MIGHT!" is a journey through
Ragnar Redbeard's controversial "Might Is Right" (which was penned
nearly a century ago); a little known masterpiece which is considered
by many to be the definitive explosion of Darwinian law as it applies
to man, his world and his nature. The album combines the hard noise
extremity of earlier NON recordings, with background ambience and a
revised attitude to the use of words and sounds. And, as always, NON
challenges the listener to question the standard notions of what is
decent and proper in a civilised world.
1997 - God & Beast
Tracks : 1 God & Beast 2 Between Venus & Mars 3 Millstones 4 The Coming Forth 5 The Law 6 Lucifer, The Morning Star 7 Out Out Out 8 Phoenix 9 Total War
God and Beast features the best production thus far on any Non release, courtesy of Ken Thomas (David Bowie, Slade, Paul McCartney, etc.). The album finds Boyd Rice
delving into his trademark experimental noise, combining new material
with remakes of previous tracks "Total War" and "Out Out Out." ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide