Music Reviews



Jan 21 2011
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Artist: Merzbow/Z'ev (@)
Title: Spiral Right/Spiral Left
Format: CD
Label: Cold Spring (@)
Rated: *****
After 20 years of rumors of a forthcoming collaboration, recantations, postponements, these two blazoned masters of noise, who don't actually need any introduction having both of them an enviable curriculum and a remarkably tried experience in their field, have finally co-signed a collaborative release, even if the two long-lasting cochlear corrosions, tympanic drillings or, if you prefer, spirals are mutual mixing and shaping of each sonic code. A mission accomplished by Cold Spring's appreciated label manager Justin Mitchell.

If I exclude the inevitable sonic rampage for a while and their skills in making typhoons acting more as sorcerers than as callow blunderers from mastered or digital noises, an art whose secrets are deeply known by Masami Akita aka Merzbow, and from percussions often obtained from scraps, whose craftsman is the American (even if actually living in Peckham, UK, with Barbara Steveni, where he also mixed Merzbow's code on 20th August 2008, the first track of this emisymmetrical issue, whose first 13 minutes are really going to let your ears bleed) artist, musician and trusted pioneer of industrial music Stefan Joel Weisser aka Z'ev, one of the first aspect which has stricken me is the substantial stylistical homogeneity of both rehashes. The above mentioned first spiral is maybe the most difficult to listen for untrained ears especially for its tremendously harsh first part, where the blast of noises could sound more irritating than an imaginary suite for a quartet of hoovers, supported by a food grinder, a jackhammer and a jet engine, while the second spiral featuring some guitar modulations is definitively more bearable and enriched with urban field recordings, but it's practically impossible to appreciate it without considering the ritual core of this issue, putting it up as a soundtrack for an imaginary metropolitan hell, whose cyclic chants sounds as frightening as seducing. Even if not intended for the masses, this experimental release, whose package features graphic arts by Abby Helasdottir, is really stunning.

MZ.412: In Nomine Dei Nostri Satans Luciferi Excelsi

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Dec 16 2010
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Artist: MZ.412
Title: In Nomine Dei Nostri Satans Luciferi Excelsi
Format: CD
Label: Cold Spring (@)
Rated: *****
Released for the first time back in 1995 by Cold Meat Industry, IN NOMINE DEI NOSTRI SATANAS LUCIFERI EXELSI was the first album by MZ.412 after the name change from Maschinenzimmer 412 (with that name they released the albums "Macht Durch Stimme" and "Malfeitor"). Back then the four band members were still painting their faces and used different names (Henrik "Nordvargr" Bjorkk was often credited as Kremator, then there was Drakhon, Shaitan and Ulvtharm) and universally they were recognized as the inventor of black industrial, a genre that mixes industrial noise, ritual ambient and black metal atmospheres. This new reissue is the first of the Cold Spring reissue series that will release the five MZ.412 albums individually and on a limited to 300 copies wooden box containing also some extra material. All the albums have been remastered and have bonus tracks and also the design has been updated and the covers now recall the Deutsche Grammophon logo, due to the fact that we're dealing with classic material of industrial music. "Daemon Raging", "In Nomine Dei" or "God Of Fifty Names" now sound bright and powerful and I hear them like "opened". Now you can distinct every digital distorted sound, the samples and the drones and you're able to enjoy the experience at full. On this album you can find also three extra tracks of which two unreleased: the opening "Black Earth" (starting with light clanging sounds and distant tones, the track little by little grows mixing a ritualistic mysterious atmosphere to percussions, feedbacks and distant distorted vocals), "Surge 2" (digital noises with blasts and filtered vocals are the core of the track but some melodic lines enrich the atmosphere here and there) and "Infinite Hollow" (it sounds like an industrial mix of classic music thanks to the viola and orchestral reversed inserts just to turn into a pounding industrial battling soundtrack with metal percussions). This reissue is a must to rediscover a classic album. Don't miss it!

IRON MOLAR : e poi piove

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Dec 15 2010
Artist: IRON MOLAR (@)
Title: e poi piove
Format: CD
Label: Solitude Beast
Rated: *****
2 + 2 still equals 4?'¦sure, above all when a recording and a band is the sum of its parts and after having hear their latest solo works I dare you to deny that Massimo aka Iron Molar are not the algebraic sum of Iron doing most of the ambient/droning sounds and Jacopo aka Evil Purpose doing the most noise, crackling things. Freak brothers gone bad are back and holy shit the whole works moves like a bad acid trip, differently from some of their previous works Iron Molar are concentrating more on shorter tracks and it helps a lot since they stop right before getting boring, but not before pushing you there close to the limit of hypnosis. Differently from the past they're more and more oriented toward a freaky psychedelic sound and in someway left dark ambient behind their back and they're definitely gaining personality. If you listen to their last releases they put emphasis to the bastard noise, weird/odd noise influence which in their case means loops are more cyclical and floating ashore but at the same time avoiding easy drones which nowadays has become a sort of standard in many genres. Rhythm and sound definition have become central in their own evolution and probably recording and mixing with Bob at Alampo's helped developing every single idea and aspect. Everything has become clearer, more clean but not aseptic yet therefore this cd has nothing to do with those digital noise works..it's clean but in a really warm way!. Even when working with drones they did it in a really smart way and the closing suites are good example of it all, they're not so predictable but at the same time several different stops and go make the listening quite interesting. Dark music for dark people? Odd music for heavy freaks?...and why not dark references?...infact the title itself is probably referred to one of the most depressive songs from 90's roman hardcore heroes Concrete. Punk's not dead...but has become trippy.

Custodian: Toil and Waste

 Posted by eskaton   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Dec 12 2010
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Artist: Custodian (@)
Title: Toil and Waste
Format: CD
Label: Syzmic Records (@)
Rated: *****
I had not heard of this artist before I received this disc in the mail. Evidently, this artist hails from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and has been putting out stuff since 2008, generally in CDR and cassette tapes ' this seems to be his first major CD release. The label describes this disc as 'Bleak, inhospitable works that flow and mutate between screeching japanese influenced noise, HNW density, and churning industrial loops.' All I know is that this is exactly the kind of noise music I like - straight up in your face wall of noise noise music. Everything is distorted beyond belief and overdriven to the point of sonic destruction. It's crunchy, it's static filled, it sounds like he is destroying everything in his path. Metal clanks and rumbling bass walls. Hell yeah! Out of the three discs Syzmic sent me, this is the one I would say is essential listening for noise aficionados ' no small feat considering he is up against long time noise artists like Inhalant. There are no pretentious titles here ' Just Toil and Waste, parts 1-9. You can get a sense of what you are in for at his website, but really - if you like noise and are looking for the next generation of noise artists, I get the sense that Custodian will be one to watch for. This disc weighs in at around 28 minutes.

Mortuor: I’m Waiting For You…

 Posted by eskaton   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Dec 12 2010
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Artist: Mortuor
Title: I’m Waiting For You…
Format: CD
Label: Syzmic Records (@)
Rated: *****
I had not heard of this project, but evidently he is also the man behind Subklinik, a project I had not thought for almost 10 years when I acquired Dawn of Desekration from Live Bait Recording Foundation. He has been fairly active since that time and this seems to be a new project, with only two releases and as many compilation tracks (one of which shows up on this album). His website proclaims: 'The stale state of experimentalism has forced this, the union of sickness and sound. A tribute to the forerunners of power-death electronics. Pure emotion. Pure sickness. Pure power. Nothing compromised.' Let's see if he lives up to this. One thing I will give him is that he is all about atmosphere. There is still the static wave and the pulsating electronics, but this is not really noisy. That said, it is also not really oppressive sounding, but there is an ominous undertone here. This makes sense, as this release is 'dedicated to the memory of Marco Corbelli and the Italian Death Industrial movement.' Marco Corbelli was better known as Atrax Morgue. With song titles like 'Dead Love,' 'Whore on the Floor,' 'Skalpel Inzertion,' we can see this influence. The vocals are more distorted spoken word rather than the typical screaming one would expect. When you can understand the lyrics they are fairly dark 'your mother gave up on you,' and 'nothing to live for,' for example. If you like atmospheric power electronics that skirts the line with dark ambient, this is your disc. This disc weighs in at around 34 minutes.


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