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Artist: Enough!!!
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Monotype Records (@)
Rated: *****
Recorded at The Issue Project Room in Brooklyn on 20th December 2011, "Enough!!!" is a stunningly psychotropic live recording which grouped together three experienced sound and noise artists, who have a penchant for the intersections between juggling with electrons and frequencies: many readers of Chain DLK maybe will easily recognize the name and the imprint of Swedish noise artist Joachim "The iDEALIST" Nordwall - we recently spoke about his collaboration with his sonic majesty Mika Vainio and many entries in the reviews section came from his label iDEAL - as well as the ones of his fellow countryman Carl Michael von Hausswolff, who shares the regency of the imaginary Royal Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland, a self-proclaimed never-never land which groups geographical, mental and digital border territories together, whose community got often delighted by CM's mind-altering electronic drones, tape-conceived ghostly entities and drilling venues. The third leg of the tripod is the one of Jason Lescalleet, label head of Glistening Examples and former collaborator of Aaron Dilloway, Graham Lambkin, Jason Kahn, Joe Colley, Phil Niblock and other big names of the scene with a penchant for the exploration of natural magnetic phenomena by means of old open-reel tape recording. This trio can almost be imagined as a group of paranormal investigators of experimental scene whose research paradoxically leads to the discovery of the physical properties of sound and this 49-minutes lasting suite is an exhaustive assay of their aptitudes. From the initial warm-up where it seems that they describes the frostbite of an undefined environment by means of an over-stretched flat frequency whose tiny variations enclose mesmerizing modulations, subcortical icy flurries and breaks, which sound like chorusing a magnetic storm with haywire Geiger counters or magnetic detectors before reeling listeners in a flow of pulsations, grazed piercing sonic specks and feedbacks. The cover image, a snapshot by CM Von Hausswolff of the meaningful and somewhat disquieting sculpture "Mother Earth" by Icelandic artist Einar Jonsson could frame "Enough!!!" into a sort of planetary thinking cap. Enough said.

20.SV: The Great Sonic Wave

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Dec 26 2013
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Artist: 20.SV
Title: The Great Sonic Wave
Format: CD
Label: Cavity (@)
Rated: *****
Can you imagine the possible noises which could rise from mauled innards of a braggart former fakir after he ingested hundreds a heap of rusty nails and a couple of ales? Can you envisage the speech and the shouts of a tormented Gollum who got crucified after he innocently pissed on Harry Potter's spell books? If you can, it could be a good starting point in order to render what you're going to listen over this 30-minutes lasting visionary and menacingly sinister suite by Lebanese guitarist and sound sculptor Osman "20.SV" Arabi, whose disquieting ambience got remarkably enhanced by talented American singer Alan Dubin, whose distinctive vocals, which sound like recorded while being on pain of death, became quite famous while he used to bring his voice to former doom metal band Khanate. Arabi's drilling electronic and metallic noises got mirrored by fitting Dubin's devastated and somehow haunting vocal dramatization, which after so much overflowing evoked atrocity cannot but murmur a word in conclusion: revenge...

KK Null + The Noiser: s/t

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Dec 16 2013
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Artist: KK Null + The Noiser (@)
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Monotype Records (@)
Rated: *****
The cover artwork of this impressive release on Monotype seems to have been taken from those black and yellow stripes which delimit dangerous or contaminated areas which should not be accessible, but such a tempting invitation to trespass should not be declined as it combines the renowned skills of Zeni Geva's member Kazuyuki Kishino aka KK Null, who doesn't really need any introduction as he's one of the most appreciated noise guitarist and noise forger from the world-known Japanese noise scene, and French mediactivist, artist-researcher, musician, poet, anarchitect, experimental film-maker, Apo33's founding member and one active principle of Formanex group Julien Ottavi aka The Noiser. Recorded in 2011 when these two master craftsmen of louder noises, the most remarkable aspect is the way they "organized" avalanches of their cherished raw material over crumpling percussive structures and labyrinths of feedback and distorted sounds: for instance, noise seems to belong to a possible horror-movie score in order to highlight the sudden attacks of a furiously insane assassin rising from dark escoriating corridors on the first track - all tracks are untitled so that I have to point them by ordinals -; it sounds like coming from the innards of some imaginary slimy monsters which survives by finding nourishment into an abandoned powerhouse on the second track; it fans the mystical flames which got kindled by some hypnotical tribal percussions on the third track. The noise of a pneumatic drill blemishes a resounding piano on the short fourth track, bursts into a jungle by means of piercing clips and corrosive rumbles on the sitxh one, sounds like disturbing interferences on the fifth one, turns into looped savagely abrasions of melting timing chains in the seventh track. The final 25-minutes lasting track seems to combine all the previous suggestions into one absorbing and loudly sublime suite. Please trespass!

Kakawaka: Ein fröhliches Lied auf den Lippen den Wandersmann kann nichts erschüttern

 Posted by eskaton   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Dec 13 2013
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Artist: Kakawaka (@)
Title: Ein fröhliches Lied auf den Lippen den Wandersmann kann nichts erschüttern
Format: Tape
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
When you see that the instruments used in the release include 'hunting horn, pan lid, monkey drum, toy keyboard, human voice, rain, computer, laundry rack, door,' you know that you're in for a noisefest. And that's what we start with on side A, 'Ãberall nur widerlicher Schmerz.' Weird heavily processed droney sound source combine with heavy slabs of harsh noise for an interesting juxtaposition. There are lots of analog machine noises mixed in for good measure. Fun stuff. Side B, 'Immer diese Schuld,' lays down some drone and ambience, but this is somewhat unsettling after the previous excursion into noise. You keep waiting to get blasted, but the wall of noise never comes. It gets a bit more raw, but mostly keeps with the weird wailing drone that reminded me of Lustmord's work. Overall this is a good tape and you can pay what you want for it on his Bandcamp site if you want to check it out. It's worth doing so. The tape version is limited to 100 copies and weighs in at around 20 minutes.

Marc Hurtado / Vomir: 2011

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Dec 12 2013
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Artist: Marc Hurtado / Vomir (@)
Title: 2011
Format: CD
Label: Tourette Records (@)
Rated: *****
Marc Hurtado is one half of elder statesman French duo Ãtant Donnés. I was not familiar with VOMIR, the project of Romain Perrot who the label describes as an 'International Master of the Harsh Noise Wall genre, which described a monolithic static harsh sound.' Hurtado describes the album as 'a raw and savage album elaborated in total freedom with no consideration for time or space that surrounded us.' When I put this in the player, I realized that these are people after my own heart. We begin with crunchy, rumbling low-end bass noise interspersed with the screams of the damned. On some tracks (Ciel, for example, or Chaine, with its pounding thuds), it becomes a bit repetitive, but rather than becoming boring it becomes hypnotic. That said, it does begin to all sound too similar toward the end. The standout tracks for me are Feu, a constantly shifting slab of atmosphere, which eschews the in your face noise approach and Lumiere, an amazing tour de force of droney noise woven together with distorted voice. This reminds me of the kind of noise that has come out of the California noise scene over the years; if you like that kind of sound, this is definitely one to check out. This album weighs in at around 74 minutes.


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