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Fe-mail: Voluptuous Vultures

 Posted by Adhab Al-Farhan   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Aug 29 2006
Artist: Fe-mail
Title: Voluptuous Vultures
Format: CD EP
Label: PsychForm Records
Fe-mail is a duo electronic/noise outfit consisting of two Norweigian females, hence the name Fe-mail. The duo are also known to be in the band called SPUNK. The sound isn't very demanding, but for collecting purposes, this release is very limited to 1000 copies on CD. It's just noise and crazy sounds. Heard this, and I'm done with it. Take care.

AUTOCLAV1.1: Indelible

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Aug 23 2006
Artist: AUTOCLAV1.1 (@)
Title: Indelible
Format: CD
Label: NEIN Records (@)
Distributor: SX Distribution
Rated: *****
This is another release brought to us by the US-based label NEIN Records, which lately also could enter a distribution deal with the German SXDistribution. This is surely not the newest release around, as far that this label has committed the deal with SXDistribution only a few weeks ago, there’s no reason not to feature it here. AUTOCLAV1.1 is Tony Young and he has already released several stuff under this moniker, see also the interview somewhere hidden on our site. He offers us here 7 own productions globally placed into the Ambient/Electronica/IDM genre, with some trips into harder Powernoise-like attitudes (marvelous celebrated on "Ctrl Asgn"). Dark and ominous synth layers are filled in and mixed with some IDM-like break beat patterns. 6 further tracks are available here, all of them are remix works offered by more or less known names out of the wide musically field of this genre. The remix done by KEEF BAKER on the track "Deadulus" can satisfy through the given diversity by offering several more rhythm patterns. DISPLACER offer a remix on "Facility", the one and only track not available originally here. Dark voice samples get in a fine combination with a static Ambient-like synth layer and after a while several rhythm patterns joining this track, a marvelous work! ESA surprises with a guitar riff in their remix work. Josh Collela of SCRAP.EDX did the mastering of this release and also he and his well known and appreciated project offer a remix, this time on "Solvent". Also the Spanish NEIN-recording artist EPIDEMIA has done some manual work on "Solvent" plus we have a contribution of a for me unknown act named TRIAX. As usual the given quality is well from AUTOCLAV1.1 and the remix contributions add a nice diversity. For fans of this genre a must-have!


 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Aug 22 2006
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Title: brakeHEAD
Format: CD EP
Label: Malignant
Rated: *****
Kristoffer Nystroems Orkester is a Swedish duo formed by Peter Nystroem (Megaptera, Negru Voda, Obscene Noise Korporation...) and Kristoffer Oustad, member of a black metal band called V:28 that I have never listened to. Icy cold Sweden... vintage industrial photos in the layout... Make your bet about how this sounds like... Joking apart, this is a brutal, yet surgically meditated work of punishing beats and scorching noise frequencies, with a top-notch sound quality (mastered by Control's Thomas Garrison at Misanthrope Studio, which guarantees some extra brutality) and a skilful composition. Think of Negru Voda's latest limiting the dark ambient influences to a minimum and emphasizing the cold march-like feel of the rhythmic part (Des Esseintes could be a good comparison too). Not my favourite style in the industrial field, but this is surely as good as it can get. Four tracks, 38 minutes.