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PK9: Peschiera calibro 9

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Jul 26 2004
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Artist: PK9 (@)
Title: Peschiera calibro 9
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Politically charged power electronics/industrial from this Italian trio, 10 tracks, 35 minutes. PK9 make noise in the wake of Grey Wolves, Brethren, Survival Unit, Barrikad... Screeching feedbacks, minimal rhythms, some samples, and loudspeaker-like vocals, which, unlike most PE filtered barking, are actually decipherable but - alas - at times get on my nerves. Lyrics (mostly in Italian) deal with consumerism, nationalism, trends, political dogmas, shitty jobs... very direct and in your face, very "hardcore-punk" in that... a background which is corroborated by the cover of mighty Nerorgasmo's "Distruttore". The eponymous track is hard on power electronics clichés as well: "Industrial music makes me puke, I bite the hand that feeds me... Terrorism, violence and ski-masks always come in handy to fill one's mouth...". Negative points: the recording is pretty weak in the violence department, and the band's sound still has to be fully developed. The trio is currently recording new stuff and will be featured on a forthcoming compilation curated by the Grey Wolves/Open Wound. And by the way, they're quite good live, more powerful than on this cdr.

WURT ORGANUM: Perception2

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Jul 23 2004
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Artist: WURT ORGANUM (@)
Title: Perception2
Format: CD EP
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
New demo (5 tracks, 21 minutes ca.) from this Italian solo project, named after Jeff Noon's novel, or so I think. The layout is quite horrible, but luckily Wurt Organum knows how to make some nice noise. "door_57l3sd69" opens the work with corrosive frequencies, but the rest of the cdr is wisely based on disquieting ambiences rather than boring all-out distortion. The harsh elements crawl in from time to time, and they DO contribute to the paranoid atmosphere without ruining it. At best, like in the glass-shards torture of "Ghost", Wurt Organum gets close to John Waterman's "Calcutta Gas Chamber" - a sort of malevolent industrial/electroacoustic. Something still needs to be focused (sounds are sometimes a bit repetitive), but this is really enjoyable and promising material.
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Artist: Monstrum Sepsis (@)
Title: Deep Sea Creatures
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: WTII Records (@)
Rated: *****

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Written & composed by Rob Wentz with additional instrumentation from Paul Karlik & guest vocals from Shikhee of Android Lust. This is the Monstrum Sepsis' debut on their new label WTII Records which also features a host of great new Industrial, EBM, and Darkwave such as cut.rate.box, In Strict Confidence, Beborn Beton, Arcanta, Melotron, Regenerator, Trigger10D, & Stromkern. Experimenting with Industrial, EBM, Noise, and other subterranean rhythms and melodies I'm fast wishing I'd had more time to review this sooner! The CD layout and cover features primordial-looking semi-transparent blue jellyfish like creatures gracefully floating in a sea of darkness. I find this an apt artistic design for this work especially when combined with the futuristic LCD readout stylings. This music is definitely ethereal and transient, an album that would easily be appreciated by dark-ambient artists and fans. At the same time, this release also has upbeat dancefloor appeal. It sort of reminds me of an industrial version of Sven Vath's "Accident In Paradise" with it's continual flow ebbing between melodrama and ambience and hard-hitting trancey dance tracks. Excellent work! I can see why my friends at WTII picked up on it so readily. A healthy addition to any true music lover's collection!Also check out Doors & Windows, the companion to and first EP from Monstrum Sepsis' critically acclaimed full length, Deep Sea Creatures.
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Artist: Monstrum Sepsis (@)
Title: Deep Sea Creatures
Format: CD
Label: WTII Records (@)
Rated: *****

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Written & composed by Rob Wentz with additional instrumentation from Paul Karlik & guest vocals from Shikhee of Android Lust. This is the Monstrum Sepsis' debut on their new label WTII Records which also features a host of great new Industrial, EBM, and Darkwave such as cut.rate.box, In Strict Confidence, Beborn Beton, Arcanta, Melotron, Regenerator, Trigger10D, & Stromkern. Experimenting with Industrial, EBM, Noise, and other subterranean rhythms and melodies I'm fast wishing I'd had more time to review this sooner! The CD layout and cover features primordial-looking semi-transparent blue jellyfish like creatures gracefully floating in a sea of darkness. I find this an apt artistic design for this work especially when combined with the futuristic LCD readout stylings. This music is definitely ethereal and transient, an album that would easily be appreciated by dark-ambient artists and fans. At the same time, this release also has upbeat dancefloor appeal. It sort of reminds me of an industrial version of Sven Vath's "Accident In Paradise" with it's continual flow ebbing between melodrama and ambience and hard-hitting trancey dance tracks. Excellent work! I can see why my friends at WTII picked up on it so readily. A healthy addition to any true music lover's collection!Also check out Doors & Windows, the companion to and first EP from Monstrum Sepsis' critically acclaimed full length, Deep Sea Creatures.

PTSMC (Pine Tree State Mind Control): Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Jun 26 2004
Artist: PTSMC (Pine Tree State Mind Control) (@)
Title: Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy
Format: CD
Label: Voidstar Productions (@)
Rated: *****
Pine Tree State Mind Control is obviously a pretty outspoken and political band, or as they call themselves, part cult, part corporation, part social experiment. Fifth in the "Transmission" series, PTSMC are back with their sixth CD of experimental industrial noise. Recorded partly in Sweden and partly in the US (Rhode Island), "Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy" is a collection of twelve tunes aimed at criticizing the concept of individuality (more about this in the booklet's notes). Repetitive, harsh, rhythmical and less rhythmically-oriented material will make your ear bleed and your mind wander off, getting ready to absorb all the hidden (but openly stated) messages that every track carries with it (buy their merchandise, get a job -that's sort of unexpected for a band like this, probably more on the irony/oxymoron side of things-, stop dressing goth-style, don't be rude, be happy and other messages along those lines). The band will again be participating in the three-day Providence noise Fest (www.darkambient.net/noisefest). Out July 9th.


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