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Artist: Dead Raven Choir & Never Presence Forever
Title: Rozrywa Szwy Ciszy
Format: CD EP
Label: Somnambulant records (@)
Rated: *****
When two characters like, Dead Raven Choir, a.k.a. Smolken, an exiled Polish anti-Communist prolific folk-psyche-noise artist, and Never Presence Forever, an equally prosperous American noister, get together, you know it outta be weird sounding. And of course Somnambulant records is alwasy attentive of such heretic and shadedly grimy collaborations and put this out as a 200 copies limited edition CD-R in an elegant and unholy DVD-size plastic sleeved handmade textured hard-paper sheet.Musically the latter of the two noisicians seems to have taken over, for the most part, as you'll hear deep and murky drones, noises, distortions, voices much more than you'll actually hear acoustic instruments, exception made for traces of lush string instruments in the distant background. Reverb halls, dismal atmospheres, eerie noises, nightmarish voices and long track titles (written in Polish and in English) make up this interesting 5 track release, which was inspired by the short-lived poet Krzysztof Kamil Baczynski, shot at the age of 23 by a German sniper during 1944's uprising of Warsaw. You may find more info at: Dead Raven Choir's ( and Never Presence Forever's ( respective internet homes.


 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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May 31 2004
Artist: ODRZ (@)
Title: ODRZ05
Format: CD
Label: TibProd (@)
Rated: *****
"The live performance consists in undergoing alterations the sound broadcasted in real time by the television networks, showing images at the same time". Uh? Mediocre harsh noise - not even that harsh - generated by tv audio though distortion and phaser, or whatever. Jeez, I could even recognize a footbal match. Why should I listen to 60' of this? Is the concept that interesting? Isn't tv bad enough, should I also listen to its harsh noise version?


 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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May 09 2004
Title: Folie deux
Format: CD EP
Label: Fin de Sicle/(inhospitable) (@)
Rated: *****
Two Swedish noisemakers for this split ep release. Des Esseintes (Magnus Sundstroem aka The Protagonist) offers a long and very well constructed track beginning with heavy throbbing synths à la Dagda Mor/Anenzephalia, then adding gregorian chants, then a crescendo of mechanical rhythms and epic keyboard patterns. A fine crossover between power electronics/industrial and bombastic militar music. The three tracks by Diskrepant/Per Ahlund, on the contrary, are a bit disappointing. Some screechy, mangled vocals, lots of feedbacks and some minimal ambient at the end of the third track, and not much more. It has an old school harsh noise feel which I can appreciate, but it's like feedback burst/short pause/feedback burst and that's gone. Track one is titled "Variety Unknown", which ironically pretty much sums it up. If this is "a perfect description of contemporary electronic music", as boasted in the press sheet (or is it ironic too?), I really do not know.


 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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May 05 2004
Title: Skadha
Format: CD
Label: Antifrost (@)
Active since 1993 Daniel Menche releases on Antifrost his new album titled SKADHA. The album title means "scathe" in old Norse and it contains five new tracks. Daniel has a very raw approach to sounds and the tracks you can find on this CD are the evidence of his physical approach to music. The tracks are pure noise compacted into primitive pulses which could provoke a sort of love/hate effect on most of the audiences. His performance as well as his recordings seems to be based most on the effect that on the meaning. Before his performances he checks the distance between the audience and the speakers just to be aware of the effect he can obtain on the listeners. Listening to this CD trying to find an explanation or trying to enjoy these sounds could be the wrong approach. It seems that these tracks are there only because they had to be there and Daniel didn't made them with the intent of provoking. These are rough sounds of various nature and they are made because: "Music is like ones own blood - so amplify it! As loud as possible - make the speakers bleed!"

SANdBLASTING: El Paso Sound-Wall

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Mar 21 2004
Artist: SANdBLASTING (@)
Title: El Paso Sound-Wall
Format: CD
Label: +Belligeranza
Rated: *****
SANdBLASTING, from Turin, Italy, is back with a new album entitled "El Paso Sound-Wall", a noise CD on +Belligeranza records, a sub label of Sonic Belligeranza. This sonic terrorist's second release (after his 1999 "I am I" and his collaboration with Daniele Brusaschetto on "Scassatolive") is a concept album based on the sound manipulations originating from a live session (track one is the raw recordings all other tracks derived from). The "rmx" versions of the raw material explore the original frequency orgy from different angles, inserting rhythmical concepts, frequency modulations, filter sweeps, vari-speeding, cut-off tweakings, cut and pasted sound bits and so on. Harsh industrial noise blends with power noise, but the crossfading points are blurred. Only for true lovers of noise materia.

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