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SaM: Brainwasher

 Posted by Andre Wiegand   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Aug 20 2010
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Artist: SaM
Title: Brainwasher
Format: CD
Label: ProNoize
Distributor: Broken Silence
The siblings who by chance happen to be the members of SAM show no signs of slowing down and go on the offensive with their third fulltime release. Their technodustrial sound has been known and liked since 2004 while there hits are a constant part of the club-landscape. As the title allows presuming this time around SAM is going to make sure you get seriously brain washed.
The introduction informs the listener that listening to the album may cause some permanent brain damage and you are going to enjoy it on your own risk. Well, the blast truly are immense.
The intro is followed by 12 bellicose tracks all of which feature spoken samples supposedly mainly taken from B-horror movies. I could recognize only one of them: 'Ich bin keine Nummer. Ich bin ein Mensch'. Those of you familiar with Iron Maiden will recognize it too, once I translate the line into English: 'I'm not a number. I'm a man'. Since I don't watch much B-horror flicks I could not recognize any further ones, but maybe your luck will be better.
Sure as hell tracks such as 'Mad As Hell', 'Name And Number' or/and 'MKSEARCH' will make it to the relevant clubs and make sure people move their body parts on the dance floor.
What I miss here is some vocals (yes, synthesized would be accepted) and lyrics with content, that express more than aggression. The album reminds of Combichrist minus vocals, drums, guitars, imagination. This album kicks ass, but it can only touch a robot. For the same reason these perfectly recorded tracks don't stay in your memory for very long.
You listen to it on your own risk, but, as they say, no risk, no fun.

Fire In The Head: Confessions Of A Narcissist

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Aug 18 2010
Artist: Fire In The Head
Title: Confessions Of A Narcissist
Format: CD
Label: Cold Spring Records (@)
Rated: *****
CONFESSIONS OF A NARCISSIST is the final full length for Fire In The Head, after six years of sonic savaging. Michael Page plus guest appearances of Nick Blinko (Rudimentary Peni) and J. Randall (Agoraphobic Nosebleed), recorded these tracks during the 2007-2008 period and then dedicated himself to the composition of epic" length industrial / ambient compositions with another project. These thirteen new tracks follow the path he pursued since the beginning, under the same manifesto as he created these sounds as "cathartic outlet to explore and ratify the delusions and social perversions resultant of psychosis and the darker side of man's conflicted dual nature, to fan the flames which engulf the borders between obsession, compulsion, lust and need". Mixing destructive explosions typical of power industrial (which here sounds like digital grinding sounds with filtered vocals on top) with industrial ambient looping sound (which recall me the loops used by Boyd Rice), Fire In The Head finish his mission with a blast, recording a violent record that doesn't find its force into the amount of noise used but into the success of finding a good formula which could translate the cover Nick Blinko did into sound.

Locrian: Territories

 Posted by eskaton   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Aug 10 2010
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
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
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.

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