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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

Aslan Faction: Blunt Force Trauma

 Posted by PJVD   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Jul 06 2002
Artist: Aslan Faction
Title: Blunt Force Trauma
Format: CD
Label: Noi Tekk
Their name was formed from two radically different ideologies. Aslan is a character from author/theologian CS Lewis Chronicles Of Narnia is a representation of Jesus Christ in a make believe world. Faction is a group usually having strong, radical beliefs often employing violent methods. Their sound is a mixture of bands such as Wumpscut, Hocico and Suicide Commando. Their music has a combination of harsh as well as filigree melodies. I am sure you will enjoy catchy melodies and danceable rhythms with an aggressive electronic beat. Aslan Faction’s first album is divided in two parts: blue pill and red pill. There you will find songs like Resurrection, Blood Letting, Forced Bleeding, Contagion Flow and Bring On The Dying that will certainly make your body move. This UK based duo brings a lot of variety and is a highly recommended electro newcomer.

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