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Dark Runner (Master Save Us): Unknown MASTER SAVE US they are evil

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Sep 30 2002
Artist: Dark Runner (Master Save Us)
Title: Unknown MASTER SAVE US they are evil
Format: CD
Label: Capp-Glaufx (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Greek label Capp-Glaufx (CAPP stands for Creepy Awesome Predacious Prelacy) presents this new CD which unfortunately comes with confusing liner notes and not much information, so basically I am unsure whether it is a split between two bands called Dark Runner and Master Save Us or if it's jus the one band Dark Runner. Anyway, what we are dealing with here is an uncompromising mixture of power electronics, ebm and industrial noise. Almost no trace of melody is to be found so you will just have to cope with four aggressive power-ebm compositions and four more dark-industrial pieces. The music is intense and there is this ritual and earthly vibe to it and to the CD's graphics.Interestingly the band very carefully lists the bands they sampled and the lyrics are by Poe.This CD comes with a 24x24 cm poster which pretty much is an enlargement of the front cover.


 Posted by Davide Del Col   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Sep 13 2002
with image
Format: CD
Surely this project created by Konstantin Myzireb (sampling) and Vlad Buben (voice, programming, keys) will make the happiness of everyone who loves industrial music for it's coldness and hypnotic power."Le Cauchemar" is a good trip between monolithic wheels and swirling loop sounds, sustained by filtered voices and some melodic lines.The first track "Porto"will introduce you in a synthetic nightmare with church choirs under decomposed patterns of noise. "Cointreau" and "Chartreuse" are mourning laments of dying ruined gears, but the best track maybe is the five one, "Play for it", where upon a trip-hop rithmic basement mount up obsessives keyboards, that remind me some good songs of the early Coil, very gloomy and threatening. However all the six tracks sounds dark and full of decadent spirit, ideal soundtrack for a slow descent into deep restlesness.

Vehemence 6.2: Skleros (Fourth Edition)

 Posted by TG Mondalf (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Aug 19 2002
Artist: Vehemence 6.2 (@)
Title: Skleros (Fourth Edition)
Format: Tape
Label: Christcrusher Productions (@)
This release is an independent release not for sale anywhere that I know of and is a collection of 83 unnamed tracks ranging between nine seconds to over six minutes in length. The music is composed by Kevin Schlueter and this solo project was started in 1999 when he was fifteen. From the outset it is an interesting collection of works combining ambient, atmospheric and noise elements. All electronic in origin and ranging from ambient beats and dark and moody atmospheres to heavy industrial pounding grinds, this proves to be some truly interesting pieces. Thoroughly experimental this is not for the timid or conservative type. The nine second tracks seem to be simple spacers (beginning at track 19) for a hidden’ track only a minute and a half in length (track 66). The remaining tracks are also spacers. All in all there is only about 35 minutes or so of actual audio on this CD-R release. There are no actual compositions per se as all the works seem to be completely experimental noise and ambience in nature. I’d like to see this artist create longer pieces to see where his creative mind would take him and I wonder why most of these are so short. In fact my only real gripe about this is that the pieces are too short and thus to not elaborate on their theme or have time for more variance. If the artist decided to put out more and longer pieces I think they would have an easier time getting people to listen to them as what he has done thus far is actually rather creative and would highly appeal to the eclectic and noise genre fans. According to the information sent with this CR-R Vehemence 6.2 will be releasing a split CD’ titled Maybrick soon so we’ll see what develops. This particular release will also be available as a limited tape edition with new material through Christcrusher Productions.

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).

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