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NAPALMED: Never Mind The MSBR, Here's The Napalmed

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Aug 09 2002
Artist: NAPALMED (@)
Title: Never Mind The MSBR, Here's The Napalmed
Format: CD
Label: Napalmed
Despite the title which recall the first Sex Pistols' album, NEVER MIND THE MSBR has got nothing to do with punk music at all! Divided into two long tracks ("MBR Not MSBR" and "Never Mind The MSBR, Here's The MBFR") the CD contains seventy minutes of noise, screams and stuff. The first trackisn't structured at all and it has got an "in your face" attitude, whilethe second one is more experimental and starts with distant delayed andreverbered drums with improvised concrete noises just to increase littleby little during its fifty six minutes lenght, adding more noise and speedingup a little the rhythm which change time to time. Sonic anarchy seems tobe the main Napalmed's target and this make of this CD an album for thelovers of extreme noise manipulations/improvisation. Too bad there's no writing support to their noise assault, this would been helpful for understanding the band's thoughts, because since I know they put a lot of economical efforts in releasing this CD I think they did it with a purpose...

MSBR: The Final Harsh Work # 22

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Aug 08 2002
Artist: MSBR (@)
Title: The Final Harsh Work # 22
Format: CD
Label: Spatter (@)
More quality harsh noise on Spatter, this time by one of the leading names of the genre. "The Final Harsh Work # 22" (a lovely title... ) features the eponymous studio (?) track and a live recording (Grand Rapids, USA, 1/3/1999). The former is a 43' excursus in the possible nuances of harsh noise: from fast, rabid drill-like attacks, made particularly effective by the high frequencies used, to looped and delayed passages which, while never losing their dose of sonic fierceness, even tend to acquire psychedelic tones. It's a sort of suite and it manages to keep your attention focused while being extremely long and exhausting. The second track is a nice representation of Koji Tano's skill at performing live, but suffers from insufficient sound quality; the ouput is a bit muddled and fails to present MSBR's sound with the adequate clarity - something which doesn't occur with the studio work. Limited edition of 120 (which will probably sell out fast) in the usual Spatter package (a DVD box).

PERIPHERAL PULSE: Manipulated frequencies

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Jul 31 2002
Title: Manipulated frequencies
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: self-released
Distributor: DTA Records
A tiny 3" beast (circa 20') from USA Peripheral Pulse. High speed harsh electronics with a brutal, no-frills approach but very good sound quality (is it digital?) with audible shifts in the different layers of noise... not far from Government Alpha or Merzbow. Good that it's a 3" ep, so that they (he?) come, fuck shit up and leave without becoming redundant. A precious little fucker if you enjoy extreme noise.

DIGITAL NOISE DISTORTION: Industrial Machine Evolution parts I/XII

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Jul 11 2002
Title: Industrial Machine Evolution parts I/XII
Format: CD
Label: Spatter (@)
DND is a recent Italian project who had self-produced 2 cdrs before having this work released by Spatter (in the usual DVD box and an edition of 100). Well, he may not have been active for long but this is really good shit, surely reaching the standards of a lot of big names out there. The cdr is opened by a tranquil ambient fragment just to smash everything a second later with an all-out attack of brutal noise. Harsh frequencies with that cold surgical touch given by digital equipment, and some structured rhythmic pattern here and there adding some frenzy to the chaos. I think this easily reaches the standards of Merzbow's late laptop noise production.

WURT ORGANUM: Nervino Mon Amour

 Posted by Borys Catelani (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Jul 08 2002
Title: Nervino Mon Amour
Format: CD
Misanthropy: this is the main message. Two guys coming from the North of Italy linked by a deep hate towards humanity. There's no place for harmony in their music, noise is the keyword. Judas H.I.V. provides harsh-sounding synthetic landscapes together with ultra-distorted vocals screaming against mankind (but there are no lyrics included). Julius Ebola works on guitar and its digital effects, creating noise and dissonances rather than playing his instrument. The last three tracks of the record are remarkable as there is more concern about rhythm, with some EBM-like and distorted techno patterns, pushing even more on aggression pedal. But the whole record is filled with energy and intensity, maybe trying to punish the human ears which dare to take a listen, indeed I find the tracks very catchy! Real aggressive and not depressive misanthropy.
Judas H.I.V. c/o Diego Crippa, Loc. Valgra 20, 14100 Asti

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