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Cadlag: Cadlag Live Tape

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Mar 23 2014
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Artist: Cadlag
Title: Cadlag Live Tape
Format: Tape
Label: Pharmafabrik
Rated: *****
Available on tape, VHS and 5" tape reel, "Cadlag Live Tape" is the second album by Cadlag which is released after a three track album available digitally and several compilation tracks. Recorded live, as the title states, in 2013 at Ljubljana Noise Festival and at the Trbovlje New Media Festival, "Cadlag Live Tape" brings to the lovers of industrial noise, two intense performances. Formed by members of PureH, Dodecahedragraph, TGWFYTD, Extreme Smoke 57 and Earslaughter, Cadlag on the seventeen minutes of "Infundibulum" composed a suite that starts with ambient drones just to reach its climax after the fifth minute. Here we have a mix of controlled feedbacks, electronic noises and hisses. Just when you thought the noise was at the maximum, Cadlag rise the level adding more drones and noises with treated guitar sounds. At this point we have a sort of magma which almost reaches the pink noise level. At minute 12, the effect disappears like fog and leaves a pulsating noisy drone with small distant noises that come and go. This is the part I prefer as there's a lot going on between the apparent calm. The track get noisier again just to end soon after. "Speculum" is the second track and it starts like a sort of early Lustmord tune: tense and menacing but kinda calm. This state ends soon as after three minutes Cadlag open the gates of hell by adding noisy drones. The effect isn't much cacophonic as on the previous track, probably because of the frequencies used. Based always on live manipulations and noise eruptions, "Speculum" seems a dying snake which rattles with spasms. This is stuff to be handled with care. You can check the tracks here http://cadlag.bandcamp.com/ and you can watch the performances on the Cadlag's Youtube channel here http://www.youtube.com/user/cadlagTV

Wicked King Wicker: Evolving

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Mar 17 2014
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Artist: Wicked King Wicker
Title: Evolving
Format: CD
Label: Cold Spring (@)
Rated: *****
Named after a quotation of a 1973 horror film on a handwritten letter that Daily News columnist Breslin received from American serial killer David Richard Berkowitz, New York-based extreme doom-hooked noise project by Jim Gibson and Logan Butler adds another headsquashing ring on their heavily thunderous chain. "The Devil Must Learn The Limitations of The Host" deserves an award just for his quirky and somehow guessed title; it cannot but influence listener's imagination while his/her eardrum got stricken by corrosive landslip of wobbling noise who dwarfs the voice to the point that it's really difficult to understand what he's saying so that you cannot but imagine those words could come from a pleading possessed man who tries to persuade his devil who is getting a hold of his body that he should not exaggerate by his bedevilments! The following "A Prayer For Death" where piercing high-pitched squeaks, noises of supposedly dying combustion engines and sinisterly rising limping whirls got carried in procession over an obsessively offbeat knock. Don't ask me the reason why listening to "Zen And The Art Of Nihilism" let me imagine about a mad electrician who torture a mouflon on a self-made electric chair while tinkering a tamagotchi, while the final "The High Exalted Nothing" makes me think about the reasonably rancorous reaction after an overrated festival of Neapolitan melodic song by expats in Little Italy, as the opening sample (did they record it from a pirate radio station broadcasting from a pizza store?) seems to suggest.

Skullflower/Mastery: s/t

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Mar 15 2014
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Artist: Skullflower/Mastery
Title: s/t
Format: 12"
Label: Cold Spring (@)
Rated: *****
In spite of the truly radical appeal of their releaseas, I honestly hadn't imagined this split release that Cold Spring released some months ago by joining together two interesting names of (deeply) underground industrial scene would have almost stealthly ignored by more cutting-edge "indipendent" zines or bloggers, whose manifest excitement after listening to anything that could be marked by some beasts could let you surmise they drink a glass of milkshake with virginal menstrual blood drops or crucify an innocent domestic cat before writing a review. I'm not really accustomed to write exegetic essays or in-depth analysis of records like this release, as I prefer to consider them as the fruit of a somewhat parodist kind of gloomy humour or just interesting crossbreeding of noise-shaping and "esotheric" lexicon within some more or less accessible conceptual meaning under the full awareness that hell, heaven or supposedly good or evil entities are less intangible and otherworldly than one can think. On the first side of this record, Skullflower, the long lasting band by British musician Matthew Bower, makes another step towards noisy netherworld of free-form noises by breaking a papule of distraught guitar layers, distant metallic clangors and eruptive noises on "Wolf Age" before blowing onto the same elements a sequence of subtly withering whiff on the following "Red Crystal Serpent", which turns into siniserly disturbing vocalizations over ominous strokes on the final "Black Sunshine", which sounds quite similar to previous experiments (particularly "Shiny Birds Of Doom"). The striking juxtaposition of this triptuque with "Europe after the rain, drowned ruins, sunken dreams" where "spiders run across harpsichords in deserted schlosses and chateaus, doors slam and phantom demon choirs are summoned at seances by Blatavskian crones, whose impenetrable china blue dolls eyes open onto Tibetan vistas, terrible, ancient and remote" sounds guessed to me. On the other side of this split release, that kind of Anubi on the cover artwork by Kivios and Abby Helasdottir ushers in a 17-minutes lasting track by Mastery by let his jackal-like mask (and arguably his head) fall: I really never heard about Mastery before, but his bizarre combination of suffocated guitar arpeggios, brutal metal influences, expectorating guitars, breakcore-like puncheons and fearsome sonci tumbles is quite original and headbanging (for mortal beings as well...).

Peder Mannerfelt: EP1

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Feb 20 2014
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Artist: Peder Mannerfelt
Title: EP1
Format: 12"
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Not to be mistaken with Dj Spooky aka That Subliminal Kid, Swedish producer Peder "The Sublimanal Kid" Mannerfelt, one leg of Roll The Dice with Malcom Pardon, moults on the occasion of the launch of his own label and the release of an album that is going to come on Digital Industries to the extent that the above-mentioned sonic appearances could be felt like a tender caress compared to a knockout blow of this EP. He seems to follow similar strategies of Paul "Emptyset" Purgas, who produced his self-named debut on his own label We Can Elude Control over the seven tracks he collected for this first ring of an hopefully long chain as he skillfully kneads some sonic material till the moment it leaps over listeners' eardrums and leaves a sediment on their brain: the chirping rattles which opens the opening track "Hook (end)" got crumbled before emulating a sequence of metallic waves and breaching together a faraway pinball-like noise against an electronic plop, a dying electric circuit got absorbed by an hyponotical jouncy rhythm on the following "Psalm and Songs and Voices", piercing sinewaves sound like burning after a match got striked on the entrancing "Expanding Sinewaves", the hissing of rattlesnakes and the one from an oscillator got weaved together on "Serpant and Cross Modulated Oscillator", scalds and short circuits heat the sonic sphere up on "Pauls Chain", electromechanical regurgitations and abrasive rotors got seethed on "Rhythm Modulated", while the final "With Psalms And Songs And Praises" sounds like the ultimate swallowing of urban life and supposedly Peder Mannerfelt's own voice by surrounding machines.

Magnetica Ars Lab / Maurizio Bianchi-M.B.: LoopKlängeNoise: Verses Without Words

 Posted by eskaton   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Feb 05 2014
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Artist: Magnetica Ars Lab / Maurizio Bianchi-M.B.
Title: LoopKlängeNoise: Verses Without Words
Format: CD
Label: Final Muzik (@)
Rated: *****
Maurizio Bianchi, like many noise musicians, has put out an enormous amount of material over the past three decades. My previous exposure was limited to some compilation releases and the 1993 re-issue of Aktivitat, so I was interested to hear more. I was unfamiliar with Magnetica Ars Lab, but it seems to be the project of Arnaldo Pontis, a computer specialist and electronic musician. You could almost call this M.B., Magnetica Ars Lab, and friends, since there are guests on every track. However, with these friends comes some interesting chemistry. Overall, this is a lot mellower than I expected. Don't get me wrong ' this is still very much in the noise realm, but it is not quite as unrelenting as the other stuff I've heard from him. Indeed, tracks like 'Mauthausen Tube (Spectators)' could almost be called 'slow noise' ' not overly harsh, but a bit dissonant. Others, like 'Frastimu (Mountain Lake)' feature vocals and loops over rhythmic noise and sawtooth synth waves. But there is some variety here; 'Burning Point (Duel)' almost has a power electronics feel with distorted yelling over the noisescape. For my tastes, tracks like 'Vladimir (Night)' are where this album really shines, with heavy noise and a nice depth of sound and texture. 'Deliberate Destruction (Roses)' likewise brings the thick, grinding noise that builds layer on layer until it completely descends into drone. And you have to love a disc that samples William S. Burroughs' thanksgiving monologue for a track called 'American Blues (Old Village).' Overall, this would be a pretty good introduction to noise for the uninitiated, and still something there who like it heavy and loud. The booklet has interesting artwork and quotes from the likes of John Cage, Jean Baudrillard, and Luigi Russolo (the man who wrote the wonderful manifesto, The Art of Noises.' Quite enjoyable and limited to 300 copies, so you'll want to get this one. This album weighs in at around 74 minutes.

4.5 stars


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