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Kotra: Cicada

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Dec 16 2017
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Artist: Kotra (@)
Title: Cicada
Format: CD
Label: Kvitnu (@)
Rated: *****
The info-sheet attached to this new release by Ukrainian label Kvitnu doesn't mention the reason why the six tracks of this output by label boss Dmytro Fedorenko didn't reach the audience after they were forged, but better late than never. Actually there's an analogy between the long delay between the birth and the surfacing of this release by Kotra and the life cycle of the insects quoted in the title: before resurfacing and living for a short period (between some weeks and a few months) as adults, they spent years (the genus mentioned in the opening track "Magicicada" - mostly living in America - requires between 13 and 17 years) under the ground where they complete the growing process. After their growth, they resurface together after digging intricates web of tunnels and males uses the known whisper to group the other members of the community. The six tracks of "Cicada" (as you can easily guess by their titles as well) render this life cycle by means of finely sharpened rhythmical noises, whose constant elements are shaking high frequencies and a sort of flickering vibrations over elastic tremors of low frequencies, that resemble the trembling choruses of cicadas and all the stages of their life. A life that you could consider pretty strange, but smarter listeners will find some tragically surprising similarities with many human lives, heavily influenced by the unwritten laws of many industrial and post-industrial communities, or a remarkable parallelism with some political processes...

Exo_C: Laboyatta

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Nov 16 2017
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Artist: Exo_C (@)
Title: Laboyatta
Format: CD
Label: Kvitnu (@)
Rated: *****
Exo_C is the bicephalous entity by two young noise-shapers, exoterrorism (Belgium/HK, having some tapes on tape-label ThirdTypeTapes in his short discography) and French performer Eduardo Ribuyo aka C_C, born (and already gone?) on the live stage of "On fait du l'art!", a performative space/lab led by the same-maned artistic community in Lausanne (Switzerland) on 22nd October 2015. The brutal mating ritual of these two entities gave birth to an amazing performance, that Kvitnu described as "a noise poetry of distorted sonic perfection" and I could describe as something in between techno - but not so danceable to be proper techno - and industrial - but too well organized to be exclusively labelled as industrial -. I could say Exo_C's sound is extreme, as the regions of the sonic spectrum they like to manipulate are the extremities (stomach-hitting very low frequencies and hyper-piercing high frequencies), while everything that lies in the middle gets wisely sliced, shredded and annihilated. The performance (available on CDr or digital release) consists of 9 parts: a relatively long "Intro" (a sort of warm-up of their resounding machines), an "Outro" (you can't turn hard-boiling machines off too abruptly!) and some numbered Up, Dub and Song, whose succession feature its own logics. All Ups sound like a rudimentary preparation, all Dubs a set of slowly intrusive organizations of the electromechanical hits they forged and all Songs (my favorite moments of the Exo_C industrial process) the stages where the cycles of their forging become more fluid. Head-nodding stuff!

Fail: Dated Nine

 Posted by eskaton   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Sep 25 2017
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Artist: Fail
Title: Dated Nine
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Inner Demons Records
Rated: *****
Fail is the work of Dan Fox, who is also the man behind Loss and Inner Demons Records. He has been cranking out amazing stuff, so let’s see what this installment has in store for us. My first thoughts were “Welcome, my son – welcome to the machine!” Rhythmic clicks and grinding tones rule in this. It is like hearing a workshop from the dawn of the industrial age suddenly transported to a futuristic dystopia imagined in a 1950’s science fiction films. Buzzing sawtooth waves and theremin-like bleeps become enveloped in static, feedback, ground noise, and siren blares. The engine is running, but one of the cylinders is not firing right and there is a loose bolt in there somewhere. Overall, this is a lot more structured and rhythmic than other Fail stuff that I have heard. This constantly changing sea of sound keeps it interesting, while still managing to maintain a sense of coherence. Well done. This track weighs in at around 16 minutes and limited to 42 copies.

Platemaker: Live At The Old Police House

 Posted by eskaton   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Sep 25 2017
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Artist: Platemaker
Title: Live At The Old Police House
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Inner Demons Records
Rated: *****
I was unfamiliar with Platemaker, but the project seems to be the work of one Rob Woodcock, and the website describes it as “workplace grievance related circuit bent noise attack.” Bonus points for putting it into the category of Kitchen/Cooking. So let’s get into it and see what Platemaker is cooking up. It seems like the blue plate special for the day is harsh in your face noise. This is a full out aural assault from the beginning. If you like harsh noise wall, this is one for you. There are some completely unintelligible vocals in here, but they are almost unrecognizable as such. Grinding static and squealing electronics. Rumbling low end keeps it all together. Towards the end it all collapses into a pulsating electronic mess. This is a live action, and it definitely has the rawness that I enjoy from these kinds of recordings. I recommend not only picking this up, but also checking him out live if you happen to be in the UK. Overall this is a good time, and left me interested to hear more. This album is limited to 42 copies and weighs in at around 15 minutes.

Glaive: Untitled

 Posted by eskaton   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Sep 25 2017
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Artist: Glaive (@)
Title: Untitled
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Inner Demons Records
Rated: *****
GLAIVE is a live collaboration between Vasectomy Party and FAIL. I was well acquainted with Fail, but had not heard Vasectomy Party, so I was interested to hear how this would play out. This is one track that weighs in at around 21 minutes. Completely overdriven static starts us off on a journey down 20 miles of unpaved road full of heavy bass rumble and a lot of digital whines (sounds like a theremin). This is like listening to a 1950’s sci-fi sound effects disc in the middle of a factory churning out widgets over and over and over. Eventually we hear some heavily distorted voices over a wall of feedback – it’s impossible to understand, and the voice and feedback alternate back and forth making for an interesting point/counterpoint. Still, it didn’t really seem to fit well with the rest of the track, but this segment comes to an end and we return to the factory. What makes this piece interesting is that it actually feels like a composition of noise – this is what the futurist Luigi Russolo advocated for in his manifesto, “The Art of Noises”; a celebration of industrial sounds. It feels finely crafted and well put together, which makes it all the more impressive that it was done live. Worth checking out and limited to 42 copies, so pick it up while it’s still available.


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