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Matter: Paroxysmal

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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May 02 2016
Artist: Matter (@)
Title: Paroxysmal
Format: CD
Label: Kvitnu (@)
Rated: *****
A paroxysm got defined as an uncontrollable outburst, but also as the acme of a pathological process. In the (dim) light of such a definition, the twelve tracks of the third album by Italian producer Fabrizio Matrone aka Matter for the Ukranian imprint Kvitnu, which keeps on moving towards more and more interesting sonic directions under the baton of Kotra and Zavoloka, sounds paroxysmal. Whether a track focuses on viscerally industrial-driven mechanical pulsations ("Depth", "Pressure", "Column", "Surge") or gets wisely channeled towards more abstract territories and beatless movements ("Exsolution", "Stone" or the final "Ash", which sounds like the logical end of a series of repeated combustions), each moment of "Paroxysmal" enucleates a moment or a sound which seems to exacerbate both the electric dispersion of rhythmical patterns and the gradual annihilation of the collapsing buildings, laying on smashed frequencies and deranged tones. Even though it could be considered logically related to his previous act "Biorhexistasy", "Paroxysmal" could reasonably be considered a further step in the explorations of harsh atonal territories by Matter, who wisely digs them by shattered swarms, noisy resonances, piercing beats and other sonic strategies. Some of them could vaguely resemble stuff like Celluloid Mata, Synapscape or Klangstabil, but speaking, in general, they manage to amplify the bipolarity between a constant aural tension and an astounding attention to detail, which makes it sound less rough than you could expect.
Artist: Andrew Reddy (@)
Title: Spitting broken teeth and mistranslations
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Andrew Reddy the creator of this work describes this as an album of amorphous noisescape tracks and cacophonous minimalist drones. It is hard to argue with this, the listener is bombarded by an onslaught of manipulated electronic and guitar sounds dominated by fuzzy interference, harsh scraping, crackling and buzzing with the odd field sample thrown in for good measure. Some tracks veer to dark ambient and are more immediate and compelling allowing faint glimmers of reflection, but in the main the the overriding ethos is less dynamic, bleak and suffocating. However, a highly stylised and scientific approach is evident in the crafting of these cold, harsh sounds. The track " precession" is apparently created from a system of examining molecular structure using their resonant frequencies, in this case Hydrogen. Strangely enough this track portrays a more cavernous and eerie atmosphere more reminiscent of deep space ambient with its ominous tones and distant crackling emerging from its blackness. The overall sound is not an easy listen, this was never the objective, it's more suited to dedicated noise fanatics who could enjoy dissecting the various dissonant elements. In a more poetic sense however it could be the soundtrack to an ongoing fundamental, chemical process or experiment where random elementary particles scream, burn, explode and die.

Antichildleague: Holy Ghost

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Mar 17 2016
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Artist: Antichildleague
Title: Holy Ghost
Format: CD
Label: Hagshadow
Rated: *****
Antichildleague is the brainchild of Gaya Donadio, also boss of the Hagshadow label/distribution and formerly promoter under the Hinoeuma the Malediction monicker. Born in Italy, Gaya moved to England in the 80s and started to be active in the punk movement organising concerts and playing. Basically, she's still doing that and even if the industrial power electronic sound of ACL wouldn't suggest that, she's still following the d.i.y. philosophy and somehow she's still punk at heart as she's struggling to living by following her own path and not by someone else's rules. Born almost two decades ago but releasing the first CD album only eigth years ago, the project has just a new album out, titled "Holy Ghost". This album is the last part of a trilogy ("The Father" and "The Son" were the first two) and as you may suppose, its theme is focusing on the disasters caused by the catholic education/morale. The rules imposed by a family which is not fed with love but only with rules and guilt can create monsters and Gaya is picturing that crude reality. Starting from the disturbing cover of a rotten dick painted by Jukka Siikala. "Holy Ghost" contains thirteen tracks in balance from industrial to power electronic, as I already pointed out earlier, where Gaya blends digital and analogic noises adding to the mix filtered vocals. So, how it sounds? If on "I Hate You" and "Ice Heart" we have metal clanging noises with raging distorted vocal cries and distorted synth waves, on "Weak Seed" the atmosphere is always tense and we have an upbeat rhythm with background noises coming and go. Listening to the tracks I imagine Gaya balancing the intensity of her sound as well as she tries to deal with her rage. I'd like to point out that even if we have titles like "Penis Dead", "Dick Funeral" or "Guilty Women", don't think that ACL is sounding like the old classic Whitehouse. Here we have a different approach: if in Whitehouse sex and violence was showed to provoke, here the main theme is sex and violence perpetrated by people dealing with religion. Think that here in Italy, lately, we have priests accused of pedophilia more than rainy days in a year: this is the real horror! ACL is bringing you her vision of all this and it isn't meant to be nice...

Sirotek: Listening To The Mirror

 Posted by Andrea Piran (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Jan 31 2016
Artist: Sirotek (@)
Title: Listening To The Mirror
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Wall Noise Action (@)
Rated: *****
This release from Sirotek, the post-industrial project of Vitaly Malygin, seems based based on psychological concept as it features also samples of the voice of Sigmund Freud. The mirror could be seen as how we perceive ourself in what we see and this could be the sense of the cover artwork where a man is seen through the disturbed signal of the television.
"Some Important New Facts About The Unconscious" opens this release juxtaposing noises and voices, perhaps from a television program, as the noises, perhaps from a malfunctioning television, underlines the worries generated by the lecture. "Rhizome Ways" reveals a sense of narration as it starts almost quality to superimposes noise generators to expose a gentle line of piano in the central part and closing the track with small noises in a pure silence. "Hypnagogia" is a long track starting as an almost dark ambient track to evolve with sharp noises in a central part of undeniable impact and closing with with tones of atmosphere. "Inside The Mirror" is a noise track of deep impact and "I'm Only Sleeping" is at the threshold between ambient and noise. "I'm Only Dying" is a meditative juxtaposition of noises while "Besy" superimpose noises until it reaches the white one. "The Gift Of Death" sequences sonic details from a sort of melody above a canvas of background noise.
This is more multifaceted release than the average of the genre which is focused on the body impact and reveals an artist which is anchored to an allegorical vision of noise that reminds to an almost spiritual vision. This not a release for everyone but noise fans will see a path for the future of the genre.
Artist: Aeoga (@)
Title: Triangle Of Nebula-Devourers + Palace For Vultunales
Format: CD
Label: Aural Hypnox (@)
Rated: *****
Another welcomed postcard from Finnish sonic underground recently reached my desk and group together a couple of older outputs by solo-project Aeoga of Aural Hypnox founder Anti Haapapuro, who decided to re-release "Palace For Vultunales" and "Triangle of Nebula-Devourers" ten years after their previously strictly limited edition (the former belonged to the deluxe boxset of "Zenith Beyond The Helix-Locus" - just 40 copies -, while the latter was limited to 100 CD-R copies) for Stellar Mansion series of the label by housing it in an silk-screen printed cardboard artwork that include four double-sided inserts of artwork and somehow explanatory words to describe each stage of these sonic entities in between dark ambient and ritual industrial. Such a stylistic hybridization is particularly clear on "Triangle of Nebula-Devourers", whose three long-lasting tracks could let you imagine it was recorded during a mysterious ritual by likewise mysterious entities in some hidden area of an abandoned factory during which obscure energies managed to shake the surrounding elements. Despite their somehow occult meaning, the descriptions of each stage of this rite are particularly fitted to what you are going to listen and sentences like "Silvery-eyed understand the language of those who are veiled in gold/Follow the ethereal currents to finally bath with the owl-eyed" (the words to describe "Menstrual Skull Consumed" or "Luminous desert of existence/Dual-directional roaming/through five nebulous five" (the description of "Let The Sun Become Your Eye") could stimulate your imagination, but certainly less the listening experiences that Aeoga provided over the thirty minutes of his recording. The sound of the two parts of "Palace For Vultunales" ("Palace For Vultures" and "Palace For Vulcanales") is definitively more ritual-oriented, but it's likewise obscure and powerfully imaginative - its sinister sumptuosity could be matched to a sort of aural training for some larger sweeping event by previously evoked deities-.

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