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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Emerging Organisms Vol. 3
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
Tympanik Audio storms into the next year of existence, and how can this label find a better entrance, by releasing a once again valuable compilation DCD set, which allows the listener to hash one or another upcoming new talents signed to this highly prolific label? The predecessors made this compilation series that unique, because Tympanik watches and listens carefully without envy and restrictions over the own stable to discover new and fresh ideas. The intention to present a diverse and musically demanding compilation can not suffer under own declared label policies, although the roster of Tympanik grows meanwhile in a breathtaking speed. However, also 'Emerging Organisms Vol. 3' holds again participants of labels like Hymen/Ant-Zen (S:CAGE, AB OVO, MILIPEDE, or KLANGSTABIL), Ad Nauseam (Raoul Sinier), Bugscrawlingoutofpeople (FAMINE ' now newly signed to Tympanik!), Funkwelten (O.T.X.), or Brume Records (FRACTIONAL ' new album called 'Blood' is now available in collaboration between Brume and Tympanik!). Asides a respectful number of undiscovered newcomer acts like IP NEVA or SKYTREE, Tympanik's own roster mostly presents new and unreleased stuff, which even more adds appreciation for this beloved compilation set. SE ('Chrono'), ACCESS TO ARASAKA ('Kill Recorder'), TAPAGE & MEANDER, or APHORISM ('Arc Towards') offer finest stuff in their respectively style, while I would rate both tunes of the newcomer CANDLE NINE and AUTOCLAV1.1 as being the best of the best on here. While Tony Young and his AUTOCLAV1.1 project continues his path to present a linear, and nowadays non-expected catchy track with supported acoustic instruments, the Michigan-based, mysterious CANDLE NINE project impresses with detailed, but icy-cold synth layers combined with abrasive rhythm patterns. Even if this third chapter turns more and more out to be an ideal promotion tool for Tympanik's own label roster, here's still so much good stuff to discover. A must-have investment for fans of the modern IDM/Electronica music genre.

Disc One:
01 - SE: Chrono
02 - Access To Arasaka: Kill Recorder
03 - Klangstabil: Beziehungsohr (Subheim remix)
04 - Lucidstatic: Coal Cage (Access To Arasaka remix)
05 - Aphorism: Arc Towards
06 - Candle Nine: Penumbra
07 - S:cage: Seven Endings (Departure)
08 - Ab Ovo: Bees
09 - Displacer: Sun_Phase (Nightfall mix)
10 - Empusae: Hard Boiled Wonderland (Detritus remix)
11 - Loss: 071123
12 - Terminal Sound System: We Eat The Sun
13 - Opposite Exhale: Clear Green
14 - If: I Only Miss You When You're Here (remix)

Disc Two:
01 - IP Neva: Calm Before The Storm
02 - Millipede: Cell Division
03 - Liar's Rosebush: You Are Here
04 - Famine: Sig/Int
05 - Fractional: Blood
06 - Michael Fakesch: Rand VA
07 - Metaform: OCD
08 - Autoclav1.1: Let Me Sleep
09 - Raoul Sinier: Untitled 1.0
10 - Undermathic: Bodhi
11 - Keef Baker: Trion
12 - Tapage & Meander: Jelly Battleship
13 - Skytree: Stomata Spirit
14 - Poordream: Immense Present
15 - OTX: Anna

Bfffth: Four Phases of Emanation of Light

 Posted by Andrea Piran (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Aug 22 2010
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Artist: Bfffth
Title: Four Phases of Emanation of Light
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Bfffth is a collaborative of artists who choose to remain unknown. Their website is strange, probably voluntary confusing, between the focus on the music, not on words, and prank. The idea behind this work is the four phase of light emanating using a lens, .
This album is a piece for solo amplifier, lead, samples which means, in reality, a long work constructed in movements where, starting with ambient mood goes into noise territories near Merzbow.
In detail, part 1 (the output) is an almost dark ambient introduction, while part 2 (the return) is almost static metallic noise. Part 3 (the feedback) sounds like the spectral juxtaposition of the properties of the previous parts and this work end with the part 4 (the new output) that is a real Merzbow-like noise assault. The album ends with a small coda made out of drone.
This work is followed by an obscure text in their website that suggest a parallel between this schema and the viewpoint: "Time stops. [...] because there are no disturbances [...] everything exists inside one space, all are together" and some videos on you tube (the video is a still with one of the four phase). Nice for followers of the genre.

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
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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
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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.


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