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Locrian: Territories

 Posted by eskaton   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Aug 10 2010
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Artist: Locrian (@)
Title: Territories
Format: 12"
Label: At War With False Noise (@)
Rated: *****
They say it takes a village to raise a child, but in this case it took a village to release this album. This album seems to have been released by four different labels: At War With False Noise, Basses Frequences, BloodLust!, and Small Doses. Evidently this is an LP, but I got a CDR version of it, so I can say little about the packaging for the vinyl fetishists out there. I think that I have become the resident Locrian expert, having reviewed several of their releases for ChainDLK at this point. Overall, I think that this is the best album Locrian has put out so far. Where some of the others have been too minimalist for my taste, this one has a lot more variety. For example, the disc opens with 'Inverted Ruins,' which is everything that you would expect from this band'guitar noise and feedback. But then it shifts into 'Between Barrows,' which is a droning, atmospheric piece that features organ. However, I have to admit that 'Procession of Ancestral Brutalism' sounded too much like a metal band trying to be experimental. But 'Ring Road' brings us back into the realm of brooding, ominous atmosphere and the rest of the album continues this trajectory, although 'The Columnless Arcade' briefly slips into metal mode. Even so, the second half of the disc is Locrian at their best'dark, atmospheric, and heavy. This album is limited to 500 copies, so you will probably want to get it while you can. The album weighs in at around 48 minutes.

Imminent: Cask Strength

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Aug 04 2010
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Artist: Imminent (@)
Title: Cask Strength
Format: CD
Label: Ant-Zen (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
It's a great time for comebacks of veteran artists, isn't it? IMMINENT alias Olivier Moreau may has had its heydays in the earlier years under the flag of the German Industrial label and retailer Ant-Zen. His classic 'Human Dislocation' and 'Nord' albums, which defined an own class in the stable of this famous label, are still true masterpieces. Like with any good whisky ' and that's meant with 'Cask Strength' ' the strength of the whisky taste being matured in a cask ' this album has at least taken 10 years in the making. Too short to get forgotten, if your band-/project name is IMMINENT ' but long enough in our fast pacing days, that you've to start nearly from scratch. Someone may tends to ask, why it has taken that long to come up with an all new studio album ' let's agree, that good and quality rhythmic Powernoise in that authentic kind, how Olivier produces, needs that long time. After his wall of disturbing, at times hectic and fast pacing rhythm structures, hides depth produced through thick and dark sounding synth pads ('Teskede'). And have you ever heard of a musician out of this special music genre, who whistles and use temporary brass instruments ('Lorsc'). Although Olivier's sound environment sounds raw, with complex rhythm programmings, and not-that-catchy-and-linear, with tracks like the nearly 8 minutes pounding track 'Cling' he could be able to provoke a hurricane of mass-movement on the dancefloor of the dark clubs. All of those mentioned tracks are rather the immediately striking tunes, which leave some impression on the listener ' but this album has much more to offer, if you would find the time to give it some more spins. This album acts like the mentioned whisky ' good things need time to mature.

100Blumen: Down With The System, Long Live The System!

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Aug 04 2010
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Artist: 100Blumen (@)
Title: Down With The System, Long Live The System!
Format: CD
Label: Ant-Zen (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
Already the third album of this powerful German duo, but never before they have presented their obvious available Punk-influence that clear in an album title. Musically of course, you'll get once again that expected doze of harsh pounding, Powernoise-like dissonances, excellently pressed into straight rhythmically outfit. Tracks like 'The Unrest', 'Crash', or 'The Anger' are purest adrenaline and will punish your feet during a wild and merciless Pogo-action. Applause also to offer those rather DIVE-like tunes like 'A Bullet' or 'Silence In Times Of Rage And Suffer', which both draw a balance between rhythmic Noise and deepest Dark Ambient. The most spectacular track is of course 'Klimaveränderung', which is collaboration with Shane Talada (MARCHING DYNAMICS) and the guitarist Chris Tiegelkamp. This nearly 15 minutes long running track receives the license to throw in heavily fx-mutilated guitar riff into a cold and menacing Noise ambience ' and strengthens at least the impression, that this duo and its music draw a near relation to the Punk genre. There's maybe still no law in Floriculture ' but it offers some heavy-weight Noise tunes, which are able to push 100BLUMEN to the forefront of the rhythmically Noise genre. Keep your flowers growing and be gently to them.

Philippe Petit : Henry: The Iron Man

 Posted by Mike V. (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Jul 18 2010
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Artist: Philippe Petit
Title: Henry: The Iron Man
Format: CD
Label: Beta-lactam Ring Records
Distributor: Beta-lactam Ring Records
Rated: *****
Performed on turntables with electronics, Henry the Ironman by Philippe Petit showcases deliciously crunchy electronic textures that drone, hiss, crackle and morph into new realms. With only 3 separate tracks (the first being 20min long mind you) Petit covers quite a bit of ground on this excellently mastered disc on Beta-Lactam Ring.

According to the liner notes, the album was recorded live in a studio. Its tricky to find exactly the right words to describe this sound, but there are hints of a saturated Kanding Ray and Jan Jelinek on Tierbeobachtungen, but many additional layers of noise that give it something of an industrial sound. Additional appearances by sax player Perceval Bellone and Chinese samples by FM3.

Get this for the astounding sound of Salaryman's Dream alone, and ride the wave with noisey delight through the rest of this excellent release.
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Artist: Apparent Symmetry
Title: Mourn
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Abstrakt Reflections (@)
Rated: *****
Another new netlabel focusing on 'the darker side of IDM and post-industrial music', as they like to declare. I have my own and quite critical theory on those labels, as especially the rather experimental-minded Electronica
(net-) labels are growing like mushrooms out of the ground. Whoever will be able to follow all label activities and releases, if especially this kind of music is available in uncountable numbers? Who is seriously able to separate the wheat from the chaff? If there wouldn't be a signed artist of this label (Mr. Sascha LPF 12 Lemon ' cheers mate!) penetrating me with uncountable mails and the usage of MySpace blogs, to check out the quality of the roster of this new and promising label, whoever knows, if I'd ever pay attention on them? After listening this very first release of Abstrakt Reflections, I came to the result, that ignorance to the efforts of this label would mean avoidance of quality and layered Dark Electronica/IDM music ' things I consume like water and air. APPARENT SYMMETRY is a US-based solo project of Zach H. and under this moniker he's able to offer us an attractive form of Downtempo-/ Ambient-Electronica music, which features a crunchy rhythm work very near to the ideas and allows comparisons to such cult artists like GRIDLOCK, or some of the recent Tympanik Audio projects like ACCESS TO ARASAKA, SUBHEIM, or CANDLE NINE. Zach sets the quality on a high level without simply copying his idols ' his true, layered Industrial ambience touches the eardrums. 'Skybending' is the name of the most addictive tune, chosen out of this masterpiece here, which includes brillant piano inserts placed in a fragile synths-sound environment and subtle inserted rhythm works. 'Mourn' is a spectacular Dark Industrial/Ambient album, which surpirises through its matured sound design, which is lightyears better, tahn anyone does expect from a newcomer. Keep it on both, label and artist ' this is a must-download-item.


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