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Artist: Zenial
Title: Connection Reset By Peer
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum (@)
Rated: *****
According to the press notes even "it shows his creativity in the context of live activity. It does not mean that 'Connection Reset by Peer' is a live album" and the sound is based around "electricity, radio feedback, electromagnetic field sounds emitted by current generators and elements of the so-called field recordings". The result, instead of an exercise in electro-acoustic experiment, is deeply rooted in industrial-noise territories.
So "Live In RadioAfera/Audiosfera (Jah_Mix: 10.21.2011)" is relatively long, 14 minutes and 50 seconds, musical journey around the possibilities of creating a musical structures around noises that are deeply rooted in our everyday soundscape. "Beksa impresje portrety (Lion Of Juda Mix)" is two times track: after a noise intro, the texture of the track is made out of voices, small noises and a dark drone. "Janek Data Overload" is a noisey track made out of sound generators as "Live In Kraków (Audio Art Festival) Excerpt" while this is noise that, instead of creating a wall of sound, tries to create some sort of musical development. "Zenialism Remixed" closes this album with a droning attitude
This is a release of undoubtable coherence in the choice of the musical elements and in the structural development and could well be enjoyable to all fans of noise and electro-acoustic music. Nice.
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Artist: Kill The Dandies!
Title: Those Who Hold The Flame
Format: 12"
Label: Pale Music
Rated: *****
Kill The Dandies are a band coming from the Czeck Republic that born when two ex members of The Nihilists (Hank J. Manchini and La Petite Sonja) met Richard Fischer (ex member of Take Death). They soon have been joined by drummer Vratislav Placheta (he played with Green Monster and also The Nihilists) and the bass player Michal Horejsi and after touring UK, Germany, Hungary, France and more, they self produced for their label Drug Me Records their first album: "I Saw White Fields". After two years, always with their label in conjunction with Pale Music, Kill The Dandies are releasing their second album "Those Who Hold The Flame". Available in vinyl and digital download from their Bandcamp page, the album sees the band dealing with nine new songs which mix 60s garage atmospheres with warm synth/hammond sounds, noisy guitars and wild vocal growls. Taking inspiration from bands of the such of The Cramps, Velvet Underground, Phil Spector or Rowland S. Howard (of whom they covered the song "The King of Kalifornia"), The Dandies know how to party and along with vibrating twanging guitars, the distorted bass guitar and the drumming are strong as a train at full velocity. Tracks like "Panic Inferno", with its dark mood, or the slow r'n'r/guitar-synth noise driven "It's So Sad", are perfect to understand what the band is able to offer: passion, fuzz and energy... Really nice one...
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Artist: Brian M. Clark (@)
Title: Songs From The Empty Places Where People Killed Themselves
Format: 12"
Label: Discriminate Audio (@)
Rated: *****
On looking at the title, my first impression was, 'well this should be a complete downer.' Here's how the label describes it: 'each song is an attempt at evoking a different suicide scenario and is named for the location in which the imagined suicide has taken place. To achieve this aim, Clark's compositions range from gloomy organ arrangements, to tempo-shifting heavy metal tracks, to echoey solo-piano works, and even frenetic multi-instrumental compositions with a feel of early 20th Century Modernism.' I'm not sure if knowing the background of the imaginary(?) rooms makes a difference, but there is certainly a kind of melancholy that runs through this album. This is an aural depiction of the sadness that brings people to the point where there really seems to be no other way out. There are melodies of organs and piano that weave their way throughout making it almost peaceful. There is one notable exception, which is track 3, entitled 'High school library, gymnasium and cafeteria (A fat nerd finally brings his guns to school.)' In this one, the anger is almost palpable. The guitar is harsh and determined. Overall this is an interesting album and takes on the subject matter in a much more interesting manner than I expected. I especially applaud the instrumental approach rather than just going for the easy way out with vocals or samples. This is a one sided 12' that comes with a download card for the album plus two bonus tracks with a total running time of 23 minutes. This is limited to 500 copies.
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Artist: Eugene Chadbourne and The Dropouts
Title: Zupa Dupa Kupa
Format: 12"
Label: Monotype Records (@)
I had not heard of Eugene Chadbourne, or Doc Chad, as he is sometimes called, but he has collaborated with such bands and artists as Camper Van Beethoven, John Zorn, Aki Takase, Jimmy Carl Black, and the Violent Femmes. So let's start off with first impressions. First off, I absolutely love the cover. It looks like an old school punk collage and sharpie monstrosity that could have been put together by a team comprised of Frank Zappa (for the humor aspect) and the Alternative Tentacles team from the late 1980s. Second, I rarely have an album to review for Chain DLK that opens up with banjo, but here we are. This is one of those albums that really doesn't fit in with Chain DLK, but it really doesn't fit anywhere, so perhaps that's OK in this instance. At times this has a folk feel and at others it is more a rock album. But overall, the focus is on the stories in the music. For example, 'The Devil On The Radio' is about the devil contacting a person by CB and 'The Dentist' is actually about being a dentist. The music is more of a jam band that doesn't take itself too seriously, which is what makes it oddly endearing. So once again, we have the humor of Frank Zappa with the quirkiness of Tiny Tim. If this sounds good to you, this would definitely be worth picking up. I would love to see this act live.
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Artist: Axel Dörner / Werner Dafeldecker / Sven-Åke Johansson (@)
Title: Der Kreis Des Gegenstandes
Format: 12"
Label: Monotype Records (@)
Here we have a trio composed of Axel Dörner on trumpet, Werner Dafeldecker on double bass, and Sven-Ãke Johansson on percussion. There was no press sheet and the one online was mainly bio information rather than information on the recording. This consists of four tracks simply titled DKDG I through DKDG IV. With the instrument list, you know pretty much what you are in for. At some points it sort of reminds me of Volcano the Bear. There is a healthy mix of noisy elements and percussion combined with blasts of trumpet and bass. It wasn't bad for minimal experimental but in some ways it began to all run together. This is part of the problem with such ensembles ' keeping it interesting. This one was done well, but didn't seem to break much new ground.
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