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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.

CHEFKIRK/IVERSEN: split

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Jun 22 2004
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Artist: CHEFKIRK/IVERSEN
Title: split
Format: CD
Label: XV Parówek (@)
Rated: *****
A split cdr released by Polish noisemaker XV Parówek: Chefkirk, who I've never hard of before, offers 11 short tracks, Iversen one longer one. The former delivers some digi-noise assault, obtuse crackings ("(R+M)/2 Method"), some glitch ("Megaceryle Alcyon"), some short ambient loops... bust it's mostly harsh noise, nothing spectacular but savage and varied enough to entertain. A shame that the more atmospheric parts are just fragments, without much composition. "Being boiled hurts" is a great title. Iversen (also in Koff Koff, Kredi Dubi, Origami Klassika and TIBprod label) offers his "Caligula symphony d" which is, like the parts on other releases, a collage of loops, synthetic drones, and (real-time?) digital manipulations - distortions, pitch-shiftings etc. I don't like it, I'm sorry but I find it just boring, under-produced and tiring. It has no grasp on me.

L.E.A.K./KOSMOPHON: Duochromatic

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Jun 17 2004
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Artist: L.E.A.K./KOSMOPHON
Title: Duochromatic
Format: CD EP
Label: Fin de Siècle/(inhospitable) lab (@)
Rated: *****
Another split cd-ep co-released by Fin de Siècle and (inhospitable) lab, after the des Esseintes/Diskrepant one. L.E.A.K. (Lustige Elektro-Akustische Klaenge), who released "The old tea house" on Cold Meat Industry in 2001, offer one long track. Backward loops introduce a droning buddhist chant, swept away by a sudden burst of harsh noise, before more buddhist metal rattles and a cello (?) improvisation crawl in. Heavy percussive throbs serve as an almost constant background, while the last part has a more intimate ambience, with more backward samples, drones and a mechanical beat. It's an interesting and well constructed track, though I have a penchant for buddhist mantras and strings (here used in a pure, unfiltered form), so it's easy to win me over with that. Kosmophon is British artist Caesar Romero, who has released some kind of sleaze/spaghetti western thing that I'd be interested in hearing. These 2 tracks, on the contrary, are heavy analog synth stuff, with throbbing rhythms, distorted squeals, highpass galore... it sounds like a live recording, with variations over a single rhythmic pattern. Pretty wild and obsessive, on the brink of power electronics. It just gets a bit monotonous for my taste after a while, as it's just synth, but it's a tight performance.

AKALA: The end of the beginning

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Jun 17 2004
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Artist: AKALA
Title: The end of the beginning
Format: CD EP
Label: Fin de Siècle Media (@)
Rated: *****
Akala is Lithuanian artist Rolandas Cikanavicius, who has also released a cd as "naj" on RRRecords and contributed to the dance performance "Extremum Mobile". Quite criptically, the back cover states that "this work is about the ever changing flow which re-incarnates the soul: transmigration. It is not just a sound, but also a state opposite to everything that can be reached through your senses". How this is related to the sounds presented I do not understand, but anyway. "The beginning" features distorted synth wooshes, equally distorted vocals, then - quite abruptly, and annoyingly - some seconds of muzak samples, and more industrial distortion. Old school industrial armageddon, but the sound is not that thick and distortion is about the only means used. "of" is a bit more ambient, with light drones, a repetitive beat and some backward sample. A Lithuanian vocal samples abruptly interrupts the more menacing final part. "The end" is the most interesting one, with bass-heavy drones, thundering feedbacks and distressed samples. I don't get the quiet piano samples, though. Akala's industrial noise/ambient is not bad per se, but lacks the crispness, power and ferocity that a good industrial record should have.

CORPOPARASSITA: Zona Mutilazioni

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Jun 13 2004
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Artist: CORPOPARASSITA (@)
Title: Zona Mutilazioni
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Distributor: Immanence Records
Rated: *****
Cool third cdr release (and, I think, the first one with a minimum of distribution) for this Italian industrial duo, featuring two members of the black metal hardcore band Eyeless. Coming in a gorgeous screen-printed cloth cover with cockroaches galore, "Zona Mutilazioni" is a minimal, but effective mix of ritual industrial, noise and depressive bleak ambient - somewhere between Archon Satani and the CMI bunch, early Current 93 and Ain Soph circa "Ars Regia". Not as breathtaking, of course, but an engaging listen nonetheless. "Teleplasma 223" and "Preghiera per arrestare la perdita di sangue" are solipsistic ambient-noise pieces, "Il mitridato e la triaca" could be the soundtrack for a film by Armando de Ossorio, "L'uomo di Colfosco" is closer to old school rhythmic industrial, "Dialciba" sounds like a post-nuclear nursery rhyme - but the cdr as a whole is a good collection of gloomy, depressive death industrial drones. I hope they will focus on this project, it's promising stuff, and authentically dark.


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