They call it the "holocaust section” and it can last upwards of 25 minutes. For almost 20 years — give or take a 13-year hiatus — it’s been anticipated and feared at every My Bloody Valentine show, including a string of reunion gigs for the recently resurrected band, to the excitement of deafened ears and nauseated stomachs. Author Mike McGonigal, who wrote about the band’s Loveless album for the 33 1/3 book series, described it as "what it must be like to stick my head inside a jet engine.” After a reunion show in June, Bradford Cox (Deerhunter, Atlas Sound) blogged that "it was the single loudest thing I have ever experienced. The sound moved my face. My balls retracted. It was like standing in front of the mouth of hell.”
This powerful sonic blast is the middle segment of "You Made Me Realise,” My Bloody Valentine’s 20-year-old, four-minute single. Described to McGonigal by MBV singer, guitarist and producer Kevin Shields as "such a huge noise with so much texture to it, it allowed people to imagine anything,” with this one song MBV started a sonic revolution that has lasted two decades.